Pranksters Reveal Secret of Infamous Student Stunt

It has been called one of the most brilliant student pranks of all time, and in a country with as much history — and pesky college students — as Britain has, that's saying something.

The object: An ordinary car. The feat: landing the car on the roof of the Senate House.

The Cambridge engineering students who pulled it off were never publicly identified, but now 50 years later, the Daily Mail reports, the secret of their June 1958 stunt has been revealed.

The mystery group reunited at an anniversary dinner this month, and Peter Davey identified himself as the mastermind of the prank, according to the Daily Mail.

Thinking the expanse of roof "cried out" for something more, he and 11 others chose an Austin Seven as their car. The team was divided into three groups — one on the ground getting the car into position, a pulling group on the roof to man the scaffolding-poles-and-steel-rope hoist and a third to pass the car over a gap in the roof, the Daily Mail reports.

Click here for the Mail's story and a diagram on the feat.

The next day, onlookers were amazed and authorities struggled to build a crane to take the car down.

The Mail reports that the group, though never publicly acknowledged for the feat, received a case of congratulatory champagne from the suspecting dean, and many of the pranksters went on to successful careers.