Now that's a Porsche collection...
Drendel family’s gathering of lightly amazing Porsches set to go under the hammer in Florida
Posted: 16 Feb 2012
Albert Einstein once remarked that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, clearly foreseeing the consequences of using an old Alfa Romeo on a daily basis. The late Matthew Drendel took this truism and applied it to his racing career.
This privateer racer started off his career in a Ferrari 355 Challenge, but after several "painful" losses, transferred his allegiances to a Porsche 911 GT3-R. Soon enough, he won, taking the 2001 GT Team Championship with G&W Motorsports.
This proved pivotal, and kick started a love affair with the "silly, 40 year old rear-engined car from Germany". He began collecting Porsches - starting with a 930 road car - and soon his relationship with the marque took on professional levels of worship. He founded the Heritage Motorwerks Porsche dealer in North Carolina, and built up a collection of cars widely regarded as the world's most significant private hoard of turbocharged Porsches.
Sadly, Matthew passed away in November 2010, but if you're already a fully subscribed Porsche enthusiast, you'll already know about his astonishing collection. And thus, you might be interested to know Gooding & Company has auctioned off his entire haul. The whole lot. Seventeen Porsches.
One of these includes a 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder; a car packing a 1,000hp turbocharged flat-twelve engine, and one of four examples completed at the Porsche factory. It has been meticulously restored, was raced at the Monterey Historics, and was presented in Penske-Sunoco livery. It went for an astonishing £2.8m ($4.4m).
Click through for highlights from this fantabulous auction.
Images: Pawel Litwinski ©Gooding & Company