City’s new fire ten­der at the Park

CHAUF­FEUR COMES TO OWN LATE LADY USHER’S BELOVED 1965 HUM­BER

Weekend Witness - - News - NI­COLE McCAIN

THIS week­end’s Week­end Wit­ness Cars in the Park prom­ises sev­eral high­lights for car lovers and gen­eral pub­lic alike.

For the car en­thu­si­asts, there will be over 1 000 cars on dis­play. Some of the rare and valu­able cars will in­clude a 1930s Bent­ley brought from Jo­han­nes­burg. The Bent­ley will be one of the top five most valu­able cars at the show. An­other beauty to keep an eye out for is the Jaguar D-type, as well as the Jaguar E-type which is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th birth­day this year.

With the theme of Restora­tion — Work in Progress there will also be an area with ten restora­tion spe­cial­ists show­ing off their skills. Var­i­ous cars in the process of restora­tion will be on dis­play, to al­low the pub­lic a glimpse of the el­bow grease it takes to get a gleam­ing clas­sic.

The whole fam­ily will be en­ter­tained at this year’s Week­end Wit­ness Cars in the Park, as there will be a per­for­mance by the Cale­do­nian So­ci­ety march­ing band and lo­cal band, the Bi­Fo­cals.

There will also be a dis­play of mi­cro cars, which are small cars de­signed to only carry two peo­ple. A spe­cial late en­try has also been an­nounced — the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg fire depart­ment will be dis­play­ing the two new fire ten­ders just de­liv­ered, in Park Drive.

Week­end Wit­ness Cars in the Park A FOR­MER chauf­feur, Vin­cent Zuma, now owns the vintage 1965 Hum­ber he used to drive as a chauf­feur to Not­ting­ham Road’s Lady Usher. takes place in Alexandra Park to­mor­row, from 6.30 am to 4 pm, en­trance is R40 for adults and R20 for chil­dren and pen­sion­ers

To avoid traf­fic con­ges­tion, vis­i­tors should park in the north­ern area of the Park on the soc­cer fields and along the Duzi, near the cy­cle track

Wealthy English in­dus­tri­al­ist Sir Ge­orge Usher and his wife, Nora, bought a dairy farm in Not­ting­ham Road shortly af­ter World War 2. Zuma (now 77) be­gan his ca­reer as Lady Usher’s chauf­feur in 1964, on their farm, For­doun.

Lady Usher’s car of choice was the Hum­ber, a car re­garded as a hall­mark of lux­ury. She was not alone as sev­eral mem­bers of the Bri­tish royal fam­ily were also driven in Hum­bers.

Zuma re­mem­bers how he found it dif­fi­cult to ad­just to his new em­ploy­ers, and they were the ones who taught him to speak English. His fam­ily’s life was also shaped by Lady Usher and her Hum­ber. Zuma’s son, Mandla, says he re­mem­bers the car from a young age. “It fas­ci­nated us. The hooter could be heard from far away, and it cre­ated ex­cite­ment. My dad trav­elled all over, even to Swazi­land, and we all won­dered ‘what is Dad bring­ing this time?’” He also re­mem­bers how Zuma used to some­times take them for rides in the large light grey car and how he al­lowed them to play in the back on the brown leather seats.

When the then wid­owed Lady Usher died in 1994, she left the farm to her nephew and the Hum­ber to Zuma.

“They gave it to me be­cause I worked for them, and was a good man for them.” Lady Usher’s nephew later gave up the dairy farm, and turned the farm into a ho­tel and spa, where Zuma was em­ployed as a concierge. and the Oval. The park­ing with the most con­ve­nient ac­cess will be next to the Kershaw Park ten­nis courts.

Vis­i­tors leav­ing the Park should exit via Col­lege Road.

Princess Mar­garet Drive will be closed to traf­fic in the vicin­ity of the hockey fields.

PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

Mandla Zuma grew up with the 1965 Hum­ber that his fa­ther drove as a chauf­feur. The Hum­ber now be­longs to his fa­ther Vin­cent Zuma.

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