We have had quite a few queries in recent days about the history of the Newmarket Stables in Durban which are apparently threatened with closure. If anyone has old photos or knows anything about the historic background it might help to confirm the stables’ status as a Durban landmark worth saving. Please leave a comment below or message me via the Contact page if you can help.
And here’s a puzzle. I have received a query from Arthur Gammage about Suzor’s Corner which is a bend in the old main road just outside Durban. I was sure I had had correspondence with regard to the origins of the name but can’t find anything on this site or in my email archives. Arthur wrote:
On the old highway from Durban to Pinetown, the R103, just on the west side of the bridge over the N2 freeway, is an S-curve known locally as Suzor’s Bend. All I can find on the web is an article by Jock Leyden about a motorcycle race, which he watched from this place. The relevant text is as follows.
“Rain dripped from my hair and trickled down the back of my collar. My feet were wet and muddy, but in the excitement of watching my first motorcycle race, I didn’t worry about such minor discomforts. I was one among hundreds standing on the high side of Suzor’s corner waiting for the riders in the 1927 Natal “100” to pass on their homeward journey. Big crowds always collected at this sharp-angled horizon bend for this race as well as the great Durban-Jo’burg classic. Suzor’s had been so named after Ralph Suzor had collided with a Zulu woman in the 1924 Jo’burg race (It is the right hand sweep immediately after leaving the Durban City Boundary).”
I seem to remember reading that Suzor was fatally injured in this accident, but have no confirmation of this. Any information or leads would be appreciated.