NEW TIMES: How and when did you get into the British car business?
JURGENS: I’ve been involved with automobiles and mechanical stuff my whole life. I came to the Unites States in 1980 and heard San Luis Obispo was a nice place to be. I opened a sunroof business for domestic cars, but everyone found out I was English and knew about English cars, so they asked me to service their cars since the local British car dealer had gone out of business. Slowly but surely the business grew. I’ve been very lucky because I enjoy it.
NEW TIMES: Is there a large market for British cars in this area?
JURGENS: Yes it’s quite large. We also service cars for people from all over the world. We get people from Los Angeles and San Francisco. I’ve worked on cars for people in Florida. I’m working on two Jaguars for a client in Spain.
NEW TIMES: Are there very many British car shops around?
JURGENS: There is one shop in town that specializes in Jaguars. We do anything British. Whatever the client wants - a new light bulb or a new car, we’ll do it. We’re always busy.
NEW TIMES: How do British cars compare to domestic cars?
JURGENS: They’re just different. The American way of going fast is having a bigger engine. The European way is streamlining the car by making it lighter and making the engine sing. England’s well known for that kind of stuff.
NEW TIMES: Do you have a favorite car?
JURGENS: That’s tough. It would be a toss up between my 1965 Jaguar E-type coupe or my Jaguar Mark 2.
NEW TIMES: Any plans for the future?
JURGENS: I’ll be here forever. My sons are taking the business to the next level and they will keep it going into the next generation, but I’ll be around for a long time.