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.
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.
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.
An International classic & modern sports car dealer. Founder & Director of Beeson Retrosport with over 25 years of experience within the sales, sourcing, restoration & maintenance of highly desirable vehicles. A natural networker, relationship builder & deal maker, focusing on complete customer satisfaction.
Paul brings a wealth of financial and accounting experience to the team. Graduating with Diplomas in Business and Finance at High Wycombe and at Oxford, he then trained as Chartered Accountant with a large accounting practise before moving into industry. Thrives on working with self-motivating highly ambitious teams.
A highly experienced parts manager, workshop controller and BMW Group Academy ‘graduate’, with former, key roles at Caterham Cars and within the BMW network. Richard endeavours to offer Renaissance customers a range of options based on his own technical knowledge and enthusiasm, that provide quality parts and excellent service at a reasonable price.
Former independent business owner and Business Development Manager at Caterham Cars Ltd. James has been working on and around cars since he was 15years old. With over 5years direct motor trade experience under his belt ranging from Service Bookings Advisor, Sales Administration, Sales Executive to Finance Development and Management. Having owned BMWs and Porsches in the past, he already has a high appreciation for driving enthusiast vehicles. He has also restored, tuned and tracked other Marques, as well as recently starting an E36 build for drift and circuit use.
Responsible for driving exceptional customer service throughout the aftersales experience. David has worked within the prestige sector of the motor industry for over 15 years. He started his career as Porsche GB Technical Apprentice of the Year in 2004 before moving on to pursue a Porsche motorsport career with highlights including race wins all over the UK and Europe. David utilises his extensive technical background when advising on all aspects of aftersales from servicing right through to restoration and performance upgrades.
Worked with the Sohl family for over 25 years, at The Sports Village and Sutton Tennis Academy and now at Renaissance Classics. Hobbies included windsurfing, riding racehorses and skiing.
Courtney is new to the motor trade but passionate about cars and loves organising events. She boasts a degree in Business and Marketing Management, bringing an enthusiastic flare to our social media platforms. A highly motivated, outgoing and friendly member of the team who will be here to give you a warm welcome when you visit.
Sai brings specialist knowledge of performance aftermarket and Porsche parts to Renaissance from his 8 year career at Euro Car Parts and VW Audi Group. Sai’s professional founding in engine builds and tuning also inspires his off-duty activities, as he’s the proud owner of a self-built 400hp BMW E46 330D.
Jack brings over 10 years Porsche technical and engine building experience to the team, having completed his training under the only Ruf technicians in the UK. When not at Renaissance, Jack can be found honing his skills and passion on his many personal projects, with hundreds of complete and successful rebuilds and engine remaps under his belt, just for the fun of it!
Carl joined the team following a culmination of 10 years spent developing his career with prestige BMW main dealers. Excelling in technical ability, knowledge and passion for the German marque, Carl also enjoys tackling complex problems and has a reputation for first time fixes at the highest standard.
James has been directly employed within the motor vehicle and transport industry since 2002, however has been working around cars for much longer. Serviced an apprenticeship in vehicle maintenance and repair along with gaining skills in engineering, machine work and fabrication. IMI member.
Dave joins the team with over 10 years of motor industry experience, the past 2 years of which spent at Caterham Cars. Dave is continuously restoring and upgrading his personal performance car collection; with over 12 years of track day experience, he also races in the CMMC Southern Super Saloon Series (previously QMS).
Having been in the motor trade for over 10- years, Chris brings a wealth of experience in particular within the prestige and sports car markets, with specialist knowledge of alloys wheels and tyres as well as vehicle preparation. A keen track day enthusiast, he has built and run several track day cars over the years
A highly experienced detailer and paint protection film specialist. Over 10 years knowledge and expertise with classics, sports, prestige and supercars. A dedicated passion for the automotive industry, customer satisfaction and exquisite attention to detail enables Christian to offer an unrivalled professional service and an understanding of the best car care products to suit your requirements.
Former British Airways air stewardess of 21 years, progressing to onboard cabin manager and trainer. With her first class customer service, Tracy will be providing excellent service to the front desk at Renaissance Classics.