‘Leg­endary’ trib­ute to Ro­han

An­drew Cor­bet honours cousin with Last Leg­end

Big Rigs - - TRIBUTE - Kate Dodd kate.dodd@bi­grigs.com.au

A BEAU­TI­FUL mu­ral painted on the back of a Ken­worth Leg­end 900 was a fit­ting trib­ute to a man those close to him de­scribed as a “leg­end”.

Heavy diesel me­chanic Ro­han Lorensen was only 23 years old when he died af­ter a heart at­tack in March.

He was liv­ing in Pa­pua New Guinea at the time and work­ing on the gas fields.

Ro­han’s mother, Carolyn Lorensen, said he “grew up with truck­ing in his blood” as both his grand­fa­thers were truck driv­ers and his late fa­ther drove a milk truck.

She said when Ro­han fin­ished school in Year 10, he started a diesel ap­pren­tice­ship at Cor­bet’s Group in Gympie, where he worked with his cousin An­drew Cor­bet.

“He just loved work. If he was at work he was happy,” she said.

Ro­han worked at Cor­bet’s Group for a while be­fore de­cid­ing he needed to try some­thing new, so af­ter ad­vice from An­drew, he headed overseas to Pa­pua New Guinea.

“He was up there for a month and (just) lov­ing it, I was talk­ing to him ev­ery few days and he was en­joy­ing it and the lo­cals,” An­drew told Big Rigs.

“He was an in­te­gral part of our team, we still wanted to have him, but he was one of those young fel­las. We were pretty good mates and I said to him you need to try some other stuff, broaden your hori­zons.

“I had some good con­tacts so that’s why he ended up there.”

An­drew said Ro­han was “just awe­some” and de­scribed him as a “uni­corn”. “He was one in a mil­lion.” An­drew said the por­trait on the lim­ited edi­tion Ken­worth was a fit­ting trib­ute to his cousin.

“He did a lot for us when he was here and we never wanted to for­get him,” he said.

“With the truck, it was pretty fit­ting that truck be­ing the last Leg­end ever made (be­cause) we reckon he was a bit of a leg­end.”

Bris­bane artist Jeff Bar­rie, of Cy­clone Air­brush and Graph­ics, painted the mu­ral An­drew said was in­spired by Ro­han’s love of the beach and mo­tor­bikes.

“He did a re­ally good job, the at­ten­tion to de­tail was un­real,” An­drew said.

Carolyn and her other son, Ro­han’s brother BJ, hadn’t known about the mu­ral and were both very moved when they first saw it.

“It was quite emo­tional. It was in­cred­i­ble to find out about the truck it­self, it was the last of the Ken­worth Leg­end 900s to be built and they called it ‘The Last Leg­end’ in hon­our of Ro­han as well,” she said.

“I don’t know if he’d be proud or em­bar­rassed, but I think it was pretty awe­some. He looked at Ozzie as a men­tor.

“It’s a won­der­ful trib­ute. It is just in­cred­i­ble and we were all just over­whelmed with Oz’s kind­ness and gen­eros­ity in do­ing that.”

Jeff wrote on Facebook that he was “al­ways hon­oured and priv­i­leged to be able to carry out a piece like this on some­one’s rig”.

“It is all the more sat­is­fy­ing when the trib­ute art­work is so well re­ceived. Thanks An­drew for let­ting me be a part of this.”

He said the pic­ture was of Dou­ble Is­land Point in the back­ground at Rain­bow, with Ro­han “cut­ting sick” along the top of the dunes, which “I’m sure has been the thought of many rid­ers but never done”, and Ro­han in his work gear.

❝ With the truck it was pretty fit­ting that truck be­ing the last Leg­end ever made (be­cause) we rek­con he was a bit of a leg­end. He was one in a mil­lion.

— An­drew Cor­bet

PHO­TOS: CONTRIBUTED

FIT­TING TRIB­UTE: Ro­han Lorensen’s por­trait on the back of this Ken­worth Leg­end 900 was a fit­ting trib­ute given those close to him called him a “leg­end”. The por­trait was done by Jeff Bar­rie.

Ro­han Lorensen “just loved work­ing”.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Ro­han Lorensen with his mother Carolyn Lorensen.

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