Bud Jack­son

Classic Racer - - CLASSIC TT -

Alan ‘Bud’ Jack­son, one of the most pro­lific starters and fin­ish­ers in Snae­fell Moun­tain Course his­tory, died fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at Creg-ny-baa dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing for the Se­nior Clas­sictt. The 62-year-old pub­li­can from Ken­dal in Cum­bria crashed dur­ing thethurs­day evening ses­sion of Au­gust 23 and died from in­juries sus­tained the fol­low­ing day in Noble’s Hos­pi­tal. He was rid­ing a 500cc Manx Nor­ton at the time of the in­ci­dent. An in­quest into his death has been opened and ad­journed in Dou­glas. Bud made his de­but in the Manx Grand Prix in 1979 and recorded three top-six re­sults be­fore win­ning the 1986 Ju­nior on a 350cc Fowleryamaha. He made his fulltt de­but the fol­low­ing year and had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the event, clock­ing up no fewer than eight top-12 re­sults. His best fin­ish was fifth in the 1990 Ul­traLightweight (125) won by Robert Dun­lop. He also won three Clas­sic MGPS in 1991, 1995 and 1998. Bud rode a to­tal of 90 TT races, com­plet­ing 74 of them, but also rode 42 MGPS (mostly clas­sics) and a fur­ther 15 Clas­sictts. His to­tal num­ber of starts on the course is es­ti­mated to be 147, from which he fin­ished 109. He is the fifth most pro­lific per­former of all-time on the course. His fu­neral ser­vice took place in Ken­dal on Septem­ber 19.

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