Listen to Johnny Dumfries on being team mates with Senna and driving vans for Frank Williams


Many of you may not have heard of this week’s guest on Beyond The Grid. To give him his official title, he’s John Crichton-Stuart, the 7th Marquess of Bute – though fans familiar with F1 in the 1980s will know him as Johnny Dumfries, one-time team mate of the great Ayrton Senna at Lotus.

A descendant of famed King of Scotland Robert the Bruce, Johnny was far from your average F1 driver – though if you think his connections made his route to the top easy, think again. He worked numerous jobs before entering Grand Prix racing – including as a painter and decorator.

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On this week’s show, he opens up about his unique career, with stories on Senna, Enzo Ferrari, winning Le Mans and being employed by Frank Williams… as a van driver!

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