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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack would like to thank all those very much, who wished him a happy 90th birthday on Trials Guru website and various facebook pages.
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6 thoughts on “Jack Williamson hits 90”
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!
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.
Happy birthday Jackie. My mother in law (Lily) worked for you for many happy years. Hope you and the family are all well xx
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.
Belated happy 90th birthday Jackie.
Hope you had a lovely day.
Doni and Pat McAinsh and Dougie and Irene Watson
Sincere good wishes for your birthday
If you remember we have pushed shoved and helped each other over our young yeat in the Scottish