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The Royal College of Science Motor Club
was set up in 1955 to maintain "Jezebel", a 1916 Dennis N-Type
fire engine and a mascot of the students of the Royal College of Science
, one of the founding three Colleges of , in South Kensington
Her registration number is LP 8389 and she served in the London Fire Brigade
, before being transferred to Joseph Crosfield
, a soap factory in 1932 . She was acquired by the students' union, the Royal College of Science Union
in 1955 for official transport of the President.
Due to destruction of records of the LFB during World War Two, it was not until 2003 that it was established Jez, as she is affectionately known, served first at Vauxhall, and then at Rotherhithe in 1919.
Jezebel is still maintained by students of Imperial College London. She is lovingly looked after by a motley collection of current and past students to keep her in good mechanical condition, and to ensure that her of brasswork is kept highly polished.
Jez attends all sorts of rallies and shows throughout the year, as well as many pub-crawls and charity events. The Motor Club philosophy is that she is there to be run (she travels everywhere under her own power, never on a transporter) and her raison d'etre
is to amuse and arouse both students and the general public.
She has appeared on TV, including the BBC's Blue Peter
children's programme, and in the 1967 film The Jokers
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