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
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.
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.
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.
A marketing, partnerships and events specialist within the Automotive and Luxury industries for 10 years, including roles at McLaren and Burberry. A highly collaborative team player, natural rapport-builder and effective project manager.
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.
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.
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