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

JAMES SOHL

JAMES SOHL

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.

KEITH SOHL

KEITH SOHL

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.

GRAHAM BEESON

GRAHAM BEESON

General Manager & Head of Sales

 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.

JOANNA YOUDEN

JOANNA YOUDEN

Marketing and Events Manager

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.

RICHARD BURGAN

RICHARD BURGAN

Service 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 GALLAGHER

JACK GALLAGHER

Senior Porsche Technician

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 NOTZ

CARL NOTZ

Senior BMW Technician

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.

CHRIS "NORTON" BEARMAN

CHRIS "NORTON" BEARMAN

Car Preparation

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

COURTNEY MAHON

COURTNEY MAHON

Digital Media & Events Co-Ordinator

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 MISTRY

SAI MISTRY

Parts Controller

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. 

ANDY BACKHURST

ANDY BACKHURST

Sales Executive

MELANIE HAZELL

MELANIE HAZELL

Fixer of all issues!

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.