Jack Williamson hits 90

Three times Scottish Trials Champion, John ‘Jack’ Duncan Williamson has reached the 90 milestone on 22nd May 2020!

Jack who took over the family business of J. Williamson & Son in Newtongrange in the late 1960s from his father was a force to be reckoned with in Scottish trials from the early 1950s. He rode competitively until 1975 which included rides in the International Six Days Trial and the Scottish Six Days events.

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Jack Williamson (left) with his father John Williamson in 1971 at the family business in Newtongrange, Midlothian, Scotland.

Champion of Scotland three times, 1962-64 on Greeves machines, Jack was always quick to purchase the very latest in trials machinery of the time, which saw him ride AJS, BSA, Matchless, Ariel, Dot, Greeves, Bultaco, Montesa and Ossa over a career that lasted over 25 years.

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Jackie Williamson taken by Ray Biddle, Birmingham from the 1953 Scottish on his Alexanders of Edinburgh sponsored BSA Gold Star on ‘Conduit’ above Kinlochleven – Print supplied from J.D. Williamson’s private collection.

A native of Newtongrange, Midlothian, the local community heralded Jack as their ‘hero’ and in the 1960s organised bus trips to go to events to watch him compete, such was his popularity not only as a trials rider but as a local business owner who supplied many of the homes in the area with radios and later, televisions from his firm based in the town’s Main Street.

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SSDT winner 1969, Bill Wilkinson does a bit of fettling for Jack’s wee run on the 500 Ariel which he was briefly reunited with in 2014 at Kinlochleven.

Jack was one of the first riders to compete under the Scottish ACU in the ISDT, in 1969 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria on a 250cc Montesa King Scorpion. He did not finish that year due to a mechanical issue, but did go on to compete in more ISDT events and was awarded the Arthur Prince Trophy in 1972 as best British privateer on his 250cc Ossa. He also won a bronze medal at the event in Czechoslovakia.

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Jack Williamson (250cc Greeves) awaits the signal to start in the 1963 Spring Trial at Kinlochleven. Ian Pollock was a driving force in this event which was re-maned in his honour after his death.

We wish Jack Williamson a very happy birthday having reached 90 years of age, he will spend the day quietly with his wife, Rose at their home in Rosewell, Midlothian.

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Jack Williamson on his 90th birthday – Photo: Mrs Rose Williamson

Jack would like to thank all those very much, who wished him a happy 90th birthday on Trials Guru website and various facebook pages.

For more on Jack Williamson go > HERE <

5 thoughts on “Jack Williamson hits 90”

  1. Have a great day, Jackie. even though you are confined to barracks because of the virus. Hopefully we’ll be able to celebrate today soon!
    Trevor Hay

  2. Great to hear Jackie is 90 very good rider over the years.here and abroad. a gentle man as well .I got some great advice in 1967 riding back on the Saturday. on my 500 Ariel from the SSDT.at the sections at Tyndrum.he said to me Jock sell that Ariel.and get one of these Bultacos I did got £50 for the Ariel it and put the money towards best advice I ever got. Jock.

  3. Happy birthday Jackie. My mother in law (Lily) worked for you for many happy years. Hope you and the family are all well xx

  4. My name is George Docherty,I lived in lingerwood road with my mother Helen I purchased my first HiFi from your shop although you refused to give me it as I was underage at the time.
    I told you as I worked in the local pit and was the oldest in the house I paid the rent from my wages,you asked for proof and when I produced a payslip you relented and allowed the purchase a shrewd operator indeed.
    Happy Birthday Mr Williamson And may you have many more.

  5. Belated happy 90th birthday Jackie.
    Hope you had a lovely day.
    Best wishes
    Doni and Pat McAinsh and Dougie and Irene Watson

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