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Johnny Dumfries

Johnny Dumfries, 1985, International Trophy. Copyright Rich Harman 2009.  Used with permission.

Johnny Dumfries, 1985, International Trophy. Copyright Rich Harman 2009. Used with permission.

Born:

26 Apr 1958
Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Died:

22 Mar 2021
Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Nationality:

Great Britain

Grands Prix:

15 (1986)

F3000 starts:

8 (1985-1988)

Died of cancer aged only 62 in 2021. Later became a businessman as well as the Marquis of Bute. He committed himself to local projects to his native island, including opening up the family home and gardens at Mount Stuart and making a charitable trust. He also was involved in Bute Fabrics and, most recently, the Kerrylamont Centre for Rural Excellence and Bute Yard. He was a philanthropist through his foundation, particularly focusing on Scotland and the West Coast. Although he had an immense personal wealth, Dumfries didn't bring his money into the sport and only really progressed after getting BP backing after impressing in a shoestring operation in Formula 3. In 2003, he made a shock return to racing, after almost 12 years away from the tracks, testing RN Motorsport's Le Mans 24 hours car. He continued to stay in touch with the sport and ran an annual historic motorsports festival on his land for a few years. He was also involved in commercial property, but also liked to restore American road cars. Full name was John Colum Crichton-Stuart, the 7th Marquess of Bute.

Biography last updated 22 Mar 2021