capuchin - previous Rocket owner here.
A while back, they were one of the go to brands. Their Cellini and Giotto HX machines sold like hot cakes. Then came the R58, which also sold like hot cakes. The brand was associated with racing sports (cars, bikes, bicycles) and espresso sort of thing. But recently the brand faded away, and my understanding was the then owner or CEO Andrew Meo left the business.
At the time (this was 2014) The difference in price between an R58 and a Pro-700 was minimal. I ended up buying the Pro-700 (the Pro-700 was a newly released machine back then) as I wasn’t a fan of the spider looks of the R58. Prior to that, I had a Rocket Cellini, but only for a couple of months as (now I know) the pre-infusion valve on the E61 was a bit sticky and was making a noise. Bella Barista then asked me if I wanted to return the machine, or exchange for another one, which I then upgraded to the Pro-700.
I believe @Hotmetal still has one of the first R58s and that’s still going strong. Think @Rob666 also has a Rocket machine?
Edit: as Dave posted, I finished typing. I’m glad that, at least, I got some of the facts right. 😮💨