Dear Fellow Car Enthusiast: Welcome to 2shores International!
Our company was founded in Germany in 2006, purely out of passion for the classic automobile. Our international marketing and trade experience took root over 20 years ago in Modesto, California. This, combined with solid market knowledge, a genuine appreciation for the preservation of historic automobiles and the urgent suspicion of sometimes having more fuel than blood running through our veins, reflect the solid cornerstones for our company. We believe, that between the United States and Europe, the excitement, knowledge and passion is worth sharing and trading in our fascinating industry. Since 2008, the company is headquartered in the Midwest of the United States, in beautiful Lake Mills, Wisconsin.
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According to reliable sources (my mom) the first words coming out of my mouth were "Au-Au-Au", every time my Dad pulled into the driveway with his ‘62 DKW Junior. That of course meant "Auto", it was 1962 in Germany and a life- long fascination with the automobile began right there, standing 2½ feet tall.
At the age of 5, I would run to every car parked along the way to see how fast it could go by examining the speedometer, checking single or dual exhausts and explaining to Mom or Dad what model it was and why we needed to have one like that.
I was very lucky too, as a relative in our family owned and operated a number of gas stations and garages in a nearby city and was himself an avid car person. Not only did I "run" a gas station after school at the age of 11, I was also closely exposed to fabulous cars such as a Lamborghini Jarama, a 454 Coke bottle Corvette, a Porsche Carrera RS and many more super cars of that time. As one can imagine, you did not often see cars like that in early 1970's Germany and the impression on me is lasting a lifetime.
Cars have always played a very important and special role in my life and the passion never left. From hot-rodding period typical German sport sedans like the BMW 2002 and Opel Kadett Rallye, my interest went to classic US cars of the 50's and 60's and on to other fine European automobiles.
I bought my first “Collector Car” in 1989, a 1955 1/2ton Chevy truck, and executed my first complete restoration project to win first prizes in German US Car meets and even made a Magazine Cover.
Gaining experience around the world
As a young man in the early 1990's, I got professionally involved with the classic and collector car industry. My wife and I moved from Germany to California and I started my own company as West Coast Classics in Modesto, CA. I helped fulfil my client's classic car dreams by brokering investment automobiles worldwide, mainly to Germany.
Today, our company has expanded to the Midwest with a showroom and main office in Lake Mills, Wisconsin and a representation office in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Our clients are everywhere in the world and so are the cars. The collector car market has become a very sophisticated industry and 2shores is perfectly set up to serve our clients in this global market by working on both sides of the big pond, working on 2shores!
Our mission: To share the passion for classic automobiles with like-minded collectors worldwide.
Our philosophy: Experience, Integrity and Passion
Jurgenis, together with his wife Anette, owner and president of 2shores International, Inc. Jurgen's schooling and education is rooted in Germany. Paired with an extensive work experience in the United States, his expertise in the collector car industry and his common sense approach to marketing are highly appreciated by his international clientele. His "can-do" attitude and the defined knowledge of the international marketplace have earned Jurgen the trust of his clients and business partners worldwide.
Gisela Koch is assisting Jurgen and Anette in administrative tasks. She is handling the German office and is representing the company.
Anetteis, together with her husband Jurgen, owner and vice president of 2shores International, Inc. Equipped with a German schooling and professional hospitality degree, her experience in working in the sectors of Marketing and PR for US and German clients have made her an all-round professional. Anette is, next to her love for the classic car industry, assisting outside clients with Marketing and PR activities.
Tyler Wilson Rottis ourjunior partner and son. His passion - next to dinosaurs, knights and soccer - clearly is the automobile! At age 6, it is hard for all the 'big' kids coming to the showroom to beat him on the digital slot car race track. Way to go, Tyler!