City’s new fire tender at the Park
CHAUFFEUR COMES TO OWN LATE LADY USHER’S BELOVED 1965 HUMBER
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.
Mandla Zuma grew up with the 1965 Humber that his father drove as a chauffeur. The Humber now belongs to his father Vincent Zuma.