Welcome to Yoted

I am

You may know me as PetrolTed.
My wife calls me Dave.

About Me

I'm a full stack coder. I love coding. I've coded since the age of 12.

My love of coding has taken me on a fabulous journey. I started coding in my teens and this led to a career working for software houses, consultancies and financial institutions before embarking on my own ventures.

From nerd to dot com business owner, with stints blagging as a motoring journalist and advertising salesman whilst all the while keeping abreast of rapidly changing technology.

… has since become something of an enigma, refusing interviews about his past involvement with PistonHeads and instead communicating on forums as PetrolTed …
Financial Times, November 2015
… softly spoken, determined, noticeably brighter than most …
Pro Valeter & Detailer Magazine, January 2016
In a world often more known for spectacular failures David has bucked that trend and built a strong well founded company and a global brand.
Dan Sutherland, CEO Carrenza Ltd
Dave is a great guy who has developed a brilliant community spirit amongst the Pistonheads users.
Michael Welch OBE

I work alone. It's better for everyone. I'm focused, I deliver.

  • Systems Design
  • Web Design
  • Database Development
  • Front End Coding
  • API implementation
  • Continuous Development
  • Back end systems
  • Infrastructure Design
  • Systems Monitoring

Specifically: PHP, Javascript, CSS, Mysql, MongoDB, XML, XSLT, REST APIs, Amazon Web Services, Linux, Unit Testing, Continuous Development, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube integrations.


Launched in 1998, PistonHeads grew from humble beginnings to become one of the world's busiest automotive websites read by millions of people every month.

I managed the journey from shared web space to complex multi-server monster. After 8 years intensive graft, I sold it to Haymarket Media Group at the beginning of 2007.


My very own search engine. MotorMutt scours the websites of specialist cars dealers for interesting cars. Atop that is an innovative free text and tag based search system.

MotorMutt provides data to Dennis Publishing's ClassicAndPerformanceCar.com too.


Blatters.com is another voyage into cars and code, exploring a number of ideas that have been buzzing around my head for years.

It's a niche social network for petrolheads providing them with the types of tools you'd expect from Facebook.

Come and take a look - it's the platform for many experiments so is constantly evolving.


Realfeed answers a need for franchise owners to monitor franchisee's Facebook posts.

It provides a page feed that doesn't miss anything out.


I originally built Spiggler an an experiment - plotting tweets on a map.

My interest in geolocating persists and Spiggler continues to explore the idea, now with Wikipedia and event information.



Ground up.
You pay me, I build it.


Project that needs fixing up?
Talk to me.


Black box system needed?
I love an API.


I've built lots of Facebook and Twitter integrations. We should talk.


Don't believe the FT.
I like being interviewed about motoring/tech.


Starting your own web adventures?
I'm happy to chat.

Availability : I am currently engaged on a client project.