Roberto gained a diploma of Industrial Chief Technician specialising in Mechanics and Technical Drawing (Perito Meccanico Capotecnico) at the Technical Industrial Institute in Florence (Italy)
He was subsequently employed as workshop manager for a large Piaggio dealership in Florence (Italy) from 1970 to 1975.
During this period he gained a considerable experience on Vespa and Lambretta Scooters, Piaggio three wheel carry vehicles (Ape) and Gilera Motorcycles.
He also attended numerous refresher courses at the Piaggio factory in Pontedera near Pisa.
Roberto migrated to Australia in 1978 and, for a cumulative period of 31years, he worked as Paramedic with the Melbourne Ambulance Service, on oil rigs in China and Bass Strait, as well as with private ambulance transport companies. Despite this change of career, over the years, he maintained a keen interest in all Piaggio and Innocenti products and he owned several Vespa and Lambretta scooters.
In 2005, approaching retirement from the Ambulance Service, he opened a small workshop at home where he could satisfy his still burning passion for Vespa and Lambretta scooters. Initially focusing on his own vehicles, he was soon approached by other Vespa enthusiasts to look after their scooters as well.
Due to the ever increasing clientele and the need for more space, after 6 years working out of a small garage, he moved to a larger workshop in the Brighton/Bentleigh area.
The Vespa Wizard is dedicated to the restoration, repair and service of Vespas and Lambrettas, primarily vintage and manual transmission vehicles, but it also provides basic services to the new automatic transmission Vespa scooters.