Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction | Transportation

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction standing in front of vintage car rentals in his shop. (1 of 4)

TRANSPORTATION | ARTIST INTERVIEW ///

Justin Jur­gens is a classy fel­low. It makes sense that he was prac­ti­cally raised in San Luis Obispo’s most renown clas­sic sports car shop. Justin has brought a much needed ser­vice to the Cen­tral Coast. Cou­ples for years have been search­ing for clas­sic car rentals for their wed­ding day trans­porta­tion. If you spend any time with Justin and his cars you will instantly know that he LOVES what he does. He is still just a big kid play­ing with toy cars. Hav­ing Justin pick up the bride and groom in one of his vin­tage cars is one of the most dra­matic exits I’ve seen at a wed­ding in awhile. Read more and get to know Justin for yourself!

Justin’s Web­siteCentral Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction couple posing by vintage car in front of Dana Powers Barn

How did you get started in doing what you do?
My Fam­ily owns and oper­ates British Sports Cars in down­town San Luis obispo so I have been around cool old cars my entire life. Over the years I was asked by many peo­ple to rent cars for their wed­dings but would only do it for fam­ily and friends. I always had fun doing it so I thought why not make a busi­ness out of it.

Do you con­sider what you do as an art form? (if so… explain)
What I do is not exactly an art but the cool old cars we pro­vided are cer­tainly a form of art. The restora­tion work that goes into restor­ing each car takes a lot of skill and patience and the designs and shapes of the cars are just amazing.

Who or what con­tin­ues to inspires you?
I am a huge car guy and I truly enjoy get­ting the old cars out and shar­ing them with people.

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction working on vintage car rental in his shop. (1 of 2)

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction in and outside of vintage car rental shop.
What makes your busi­ness unique?
We are very for­tu­nate to have some truly amaz­ing cars avail­able and are the only com­pany in San Luis Obispo that spe­cial­izes in clas­sic cars for weddings.

How would you describe your ideal cou­ple?
My ideal cou­ple has a great time with their wed­ding and are always smil­ing and laugh­ing. Some cou­ples get a lit­tle too intense and for­get to have fun on there big day. A wed­ding is a day you will remem­ber for the rest of your life so have fun with it.

What’s your per­sonal busi­ness phi­los­o­phy?
Be on time, smile and have fun with it. Its my job to make every­one com­fort­able in and around the car. If I am not hav­ing fun with it then the job is not worth doing.

Favorite part of a wedding?

My favorite part of a wed­ding is at the end of the night when I get to pick the bride and groom up. Every­one is always very happy and you can see the joy in the bride and grooms faces.

Why do you… do what you do?
I do this because, as I said before, I am a huge car guy and I love get­ting these old cars out and shar­ing them with peo­ple. I have been asked to do wine tours and proms but I really enjoy doing just wed­dings. Every­one is always very happy and it feels good to pro­vide a ser­vice that is truly needed.

What ques­tion do you always ask the Bride & Groom?
My job is quite straight-forward, I show up where I need to be and on time. The one thing that I always ask which usu­ally slips peo­ple minds is: which side of the car would you like to get out of when we arrive?

First music album you ever bought?
Bea­t­les Yel­low Submarine

Favorite movie or doc­u­men­tary?
Shaw­shank Redemption

Song that makes you want to dance like nobody’s watch­ing?
Lon­don Call­ing by The Clash

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction driving a couple away from Dana Powers Barn.

How do you nor­mally begin your day?
I get a cup of cof­fee and start work­ing on old cars. I repair and restore cars clas­sic cars for a liv­ing and love it.

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
I enjoy doing work around my house, BBQ-ing and rid­ing my my bike. Dur­ing the win­ter I love snowboarding.

Do you col­lect any­thing?
I have been col­lect­ing antique bicy­cles since I was about 10 years old. It has grown to be some what of a prob­lem as I now have over 80 bicy­cles dat­ing from 1880 to about 1960. I think I need to seek help as I keep buy­ing old bikes.

Tell us about your first job?
My first job was work­ing for a local paint and body shop. I would prep the cars for paint dur­ing the day and at night I would work on my own car get­ting it ready for paint. I was 15 years old and still own the car that I prepped and painted.

What would you say is your great­est accom­plish­ment?
My great­est accom­plish­ment is mak­ing a name for myself in the clas­sic car indus­try. I truly love what I do and work very hard to keep our clients happy. I can­not always please every­one but I sure try.

How do you sign off on emails?
Thanks,
Justin Jurgens

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction standing behind vintage car rental in his shop.

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction vintage car rental in his shop. (2 of 2)

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction hood of car.

If you moved to a for­eign coun­try, which one & why?
I am a dual cit­i­zen of the United States and Eng­land so I would prob­a­bly move to Eng­land because I have a lot of fam­ily there and I could move very easily.

If you were an ani­mal, what would you be?
I would be a Jaguar because they are my favorite cars.

If you were in a band, what instru­ment would you play?
I took up play­ing the gui­tar for a short period when I was 13 so I would prob­a­bly go back to that.

Ok, tell us your Nickname(s)?
Skippy! I am always smil­ing and happy so a few guys I used to work with started call­ing me skippy and it stuck.

Tell us one thing few peo­ple know about you?
I am a cit­i­zen of the United Staes as well as England.

Wed­ding trend that your lov­ing right now?
I just did a wed­ding the other night and the tent that was used was not really a tent at all. The tent struc­ture was used and dec­o­rated and lighted. It looked amaz­ing when it was all set up. You would have to see it done in per­son to fully get the feel.

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction Bride with vintage car in front of Dana Powers Barn.

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction couple sitting in vintage car in front of Dana Powers Barn.

Wed­ding trend that will hope­fully be out next year?
I can hon­estly say there are no trends I do not like. Every­one has dif­fer­ent ideas and thats what makes each wed­ding different.

Read the book or watch the movie?
Watch the movie.

Stranded on a desert island… list three things you’d bring with you?
Ham­mer, saw and mag­ni­fy­ing glass. With these 3 things I fig­ure I can make a home, stay warm and cook food.

Tell us your favorite song or band (new or old)… right now?
Mum­ford and Sons

Favorite quote?
Live every day to its fullest.

What chore do you absolutely HATE doing?
Vacuuming

What sound do you love?
I love the sound of a V12 engine starting.

If and when it hap­pens… what do you want peo­ple to remem­ber you by?
That I was always smiling.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I am going to keep doing what I do now. Play­ing with old cars.

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction leaning on a vintage car in his shop.

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction working on vintage car rental in his shop. (2 of 2)

What would you title the auto­bi­og­ra­phy of your life?
Cars, Cars and More Cars.

What was the last Movie, TV show or Book that made you cry?
I can’t remem­ber it has been a long time.

What’s the hard­est thing you’ve ever had to do?
Go to a very close friend’s funeral.

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction vintage car rental in his shop. (1 of 2)
Whats the great­est gift you’ve ever given or received?
When I was a kid I used to love the Bea­t­les and col­lect all kinds of Bea­t­les mem­o­ra­bilia. One year my par­ents got me a Bea­t­les lunch box which is very rare. I will always remem­ber open­ing it on Christ­mas day.

What do you miss most about being a kid?
No wor­ries. Life was so easy.

What’s in the top 5 of your bucket list?
Snow­board the Alps
Go surf­ing
Go to Monaco
Live in Eng­land for a period
Go to Costa Rica

Central Coast Wedding Transportation Rentals, Justin Jurgens of Cars With Distinction couple kissing in car at Dana Powers.

Tell us some­thing you learned last week?
I learned how to diag­nose a BUS sys­tem fault. A BUS sys­tem is a elec­tronic sys­tem used on the new Mini Cooper’s.

At What age did you really become an adult?
I would say 20… when I moved out of my par­ents home and had to start tak­ing care of every­thing on my own.

Where do you see your­self (or busi­ness) in the near future?
I love what I do, but between work­ing at our fam­ily busi­ness and start­ing Cars With Dis­tinc­tion I find my self work­ing 7 days a week. I would love to see Cars With Dis­tinc­tion grow to the point that I can have one or 2 employ­ees fill in from time-to-time so I can have some time off. I have also been asked to sup­ply cars out­side of San luis Obispo county so if we get big enough I might expand the busi­ness to areas like Napa. They have lots of wed­dings in that area and nobody pro­vid­ing a ser­vice like we do.

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