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Friday, December 3, 2010

In tribute to Matt Drendel of the Porsche Community - CEO/Founder of Heritage Motorwerks LLC.



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Matt Drendel was very special to many of us. For me he was like Family. We spent many of hours on the phone talking about everything from Porsches, Mark Donohue, Al Holbert to how much we missed our Moms who have passed away. He was like a brother from another Mother. This one for me is going to take a long time to digest, but will never be forgotten. His everyday kindness was remarkable as he always had a smile and something nice to say no matter what when we talked or saw each other. He was always so proud to share what he had going on and always willing to hear an idea or get my opinion on something, it was as if we had a connection with each other from the moment we met.
I will always feel special knowing he was my friend, brother and will always be missed.
All the best,
Paul Powell

Edited and Produced by @RLavigne42
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Pictures at the Mark Donohue celebration at Road America July, 2010 - Matt Drendel and Paul Powell
 



 

Matthew Clayton Drendel – May 31st, 1975 – November 24th, 2010)

The Porsche Community has lost an outstanding friend Matt Drendel and uber custodian of one of the most significant private Porsche collections in the world. Among many accomplishments in his 35 years Matt was CEO/Founder of Heritage Motorwerks LLC. The word Heritage is described as “Something that is passed down from preceding generations”, and at Heritage Motorwerks they simply followed in the footsteps of Porsche and their amazing appreciation for detail and how much pride they take in their product.  Heritage Motorwerks was founded by Porsche collector, Matthew Drendel and was initially formed as a group that would solely support and maintain his extensive collection.  Heritage Motorwerks was invited to Irvine, California to help in the filming of the Porsche Panamera “Family Tree” commercial. Matt being a avid Porsche collector had many of the cars in the Panorama commercial, including the 917/30, 962, GT1, 934, 935 and many others.

Pictures from Pelican Parts Forum Thread – Matt’s Porsche Service Shop -(Matt is wearing the black jacket and baseball cap)
Matt’s first word was probably “Turbo” and he put together what has to be the most comprehensive and quality collections of historic Porsche Turbo models in the world including the first Turbo, and a 917/30….too many more to list here. Matt’s father Frank has long been a Porschefile also. (quoted from a close friend named Tim Herman, N.C.  from the Porsche356registry.org)
Matt Drendel also drove a Porsche 996  GT3-R in the GT3 Championship in 2001 with Darren Law, David Murray & Cort Wagner. Pictures of some of Matt’s racing cars
Porsche PANORAMA October 2010 issue features a salon on one of the rarest of Porsche-powered race cars—the TAG McLaren-Porsche MP4/3  owned by Matt Drendel. (Picture from Pelican Parts thread)

Matthew Clayton Drendel was 35 and died quickly of a brain aneurysm on November 24, 2010.  The Drendel family is highly regarded in the Porsche community and has contributed a great amount to the quality of life here. Survivors include his wife, Shana Hefner Drendel; father, Frank M. Drendel; son, Zachary Matthew Drendel; and daughter, Alyssa Leigh Drendel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Drendel family.
Share your memories, express your condolences and add photos in the Guest Book for Matthew Clayton Drendel. ….Here View all “guest book entries for Matt….Here
This Guest Book will remain online until 12/27/2010.

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