Club 500 Italia is a family run business set up in 2014. Richard Rostern started the business when he spotted a gap in the market for Fiat 500 spares due to the increasing popularity of the small Italian cars. Working from a unit in Leigh Lane, Bury, the company specialise in genuine used parts for the whole of the Fiat 500 range.
In 1985 Richard started his first company, Lakeland Windscreens, which he ran with his wife Lisa for eight years. The successful company was sold when the family made the decision to move back to their hometown of Bury and set up Bury Motorglass which they owned until 2008. Richard then went to work at a UK leading BMW Mini breaker where he spent three years learning the business and then moved to a local used Porsche parts specialist where he worked for a year. Throughout his life Richard has had a keen interest in Motorsport which he passed on to his eldest son Neil.
Neil is a qualified mechanic with sixteen years experience. Starting in a small garage in Bury, he then moved to the RRG Toyota group where he worked on a variety of makes and models as well as becoming a Toyota specialist. After working for the main dealer for fourteen years Neil decided to gain experience in other areas spending two years at a BMW Mini breakers, then two years at a used Porsche parts specialist garage where he currently works. For the last ten years Neil has supported the HDC Subaru rally team, servicing and setting up for races across the country.
The youngest of the family, Edward, joined his farther and older brother at the BMW breakers when he left school. There he worked in the parts department, picking and packing parts for customers, dealing with deliveries and shipping. Here he gained valuable experience which he brings with him to this business.
Lisa is an accountant who has worked with Richard in all of his businesses, taking care of all the financial responsibilities and administrative work. She has worked at National Windscreens, Bury, taking care of the accounts for the last nineteen years and where she continues part time. Lisa is supported by Emily, their daughter, who works in the office and on local deliveries.