A Brief History...
Way back in 2004 Adam Blair, started ‘BTST’ which, rather cheekily, stood for “Beat The Speed Trap!”.
BTST was a simple business which sold a basic Radar Detector model from a rather ugly looking website that Adam made himself from his tiny flat in Gravesend, Kent...
In those early days Adam wasn’t just designing the website himself... He was doing everything including ‘famously’ taking sales phone calls on his mobile while out for a curry with his uncle Geoff, and packing each days orders in the middle of the night from an old plastic garden table set up in his living room!
You would never believe it if you knew how he is now (haha, sorry Adam :-)).
Fast-forward 3 years to 2007 and BTST had a whole range of Speed Camera Detection products with 12 full time staff, and a whole host of contractors, all working out of a two story warehouse-come-office in St Pauls Cray, Kent, to satisfy BTST’s rapidly growing Client base.
The company did so well that in 2008 it managed to buy it’s then competitor, Talex.
After a lot of behind the scenes skullduggery and legal battles with the previous owners (they were selling against their will after going in to Administration), as well as a significant investment and a £35,000 legal bill(!), Talex was ours, and we became the second largest Speed Camera Detection company in the UK over-night.
As ‘market leader’ Road Angel was busy attempting to get in to the satellite navigation market, we were pleased to be ‘gifted’ the title of “Biggest Specialist Speed Camera Detection Company in the UK” :-)
Under the guidance of one of the founding Talex Directors, Richard Ward, as well as then BTST MD, Steve Morris and the best of the Talex Technical staff, who we ‘inherited’ from Talex, we developed the brand new Talex model in record time.
We’re proud to claim it as still the best Speed Camera Detector in the UK to this day (at the time of writing) due to constant tweaking and small improvements by our technical team, and the fact that we put so much resource and focus in to making sure that we have the best Speed Camera and Mobile Trap Database in the UK, which we update every single day (except for Christmas Day).
After the year-or-so of work to acquire Talex including the legal battles and fun and games behind the scenes, Adam took a break for a couple of weeks.
After deciding he was "bored", he then spent another 18 months “working day and night” (probably a slight exaggeration) to create a unique Membership Club for British Motorists with the clear goal of giving the 'man on the street' access to the same level of legal protection that extremely wealthy people have always had to protect their driving licences.
In July 2008 DriveProtect was born with the help of, amongst others, and slightly bizarrely, Orville the Duck (we put it down to Adam being over worked at the time!).
DriveProtect continues to go from strength to strength to this day.
As ever there are new developments in the pipeline. Some will come to fruition and some will not.
But one thing we will never do is stray from our objective, which is to do everything we can to help you keep your Driving Licence and stay on the road.
- Kim, Head of Client Support