|This car mascot is possibly of Reggie the Lion. It is my understanding it was discovered at the same time along with Phineas Maclino. It could be a coincidence but I just have a feeling about it, if anyone knows differently then please let me know. The mascot originally had a gilt finish and was also holding a pennant. Reggie the Lion (See insert) was adopted by King's College in the Strand as their official mascot in 1923. There was much rivalry between students of King's College and the University College Hospital in London. The two Colleges were centred on their respective mascots. University College's was Phineas Maclino, a wooden tobacconist's sign of a kilted Jacobite Highlander purloined from outside a shop in Tottenham Court Road during the celebrations of the Relief of Ladysmith in 1900, by King's College. |
Reggie the Lion was also the victim of repeated kidnapping attempts by UCL and other London colleges following the Second World War. On one occasion he was transported to Inverness and on another was ignominiously dumped at the Surrey beauty spot of the Devil's Punchbowl. The most notable episode involved his painful emasculation by UCL students armed with a tin opener. Thankfully, he was restored to full working order by a team of engineers and medics and filled with concrete to prevent further kidnap attempts by the Bloomsbury students.