About Renaissance Classics

Renaissance Classics has its foundation in the long-standing passion that the Sohl Family has for classic sports cars and racing.  When the Ripley location became available it was an irresistible opportunity to develop a unique classic car operation with outstanding showroom and workshop facilities. The site’s heritage has been as the base for an international Porsche racing team, known as Trackspeed, and it is yards away from the site of the 1950s Formula 1 Connaught racing team. Also, Ripley is a short distance from historic Brooklands, the starting point for British motor racing and classic cars.

All of our staff share the passion for great cars, we have a great and enthusiastic team to support our customers.

James Sohl
Founder and Director


Meet the team :-


Founder and Director

Former pro tennis player and General Manager of The Sports Village and Sutton Tennis Academy.  Plays Real Tennis and Golf.  20-year owner of a BMW 635 CSI and an active member of the BMW Car Club.  “Built” his own E30 track car.


Founder and Director

Founded Sutton Tennis Academy, Consultant to IBM and AELTC on tennis. Raced for 3 years in early 70s. Owner of a Dino Ferrari and former owner of a 1958 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet.  Member of Porsche and Ferrari Owners Clubs.


Sales Manager

30 years in the motor trade with a wide knowledge of classic and sports cars and early interests in racing, as he is the son of Mike Beckwith, who raced in Formula 1 and Formula 2 in the 60s and 70s.


Senior Technician

Trained as an apprentice with Mercedes Benz and was then part of the Trackspeed Porsche Racing Team for 4 years, including Team Manager role, before moving to the very successful West Surrey Racing for 4 years, and is now with Renaissance.



Wide-ranging mechanic / technician experience over many years, including film industry car preparation work for Ridley Scott.  More recent specialisation in the older Ferraris and can tune carburettors – an increasingly lost skill.


Administration Manager

Involved in the car trade for many years and formerly employed by David Ashburn’s Trackspeed Racing Team, so an important continuity link with the location’s past.


Car Preparation.

Long-time passion for classic cars, particularly Porsche, Ferrari and BMW, who founded Keen Heritage to specialise in car search and car detailing. Steven is Renaissance’s professional Detailer, who prepares to the highest standards.


Business Manager

Former General Manager of international transport company.  Long-time car enthusiast and attender of track days.  Porsche owner.