‘Legendary’ tribute to Rohan
Andrew Corbet honours cousin with Last Legend
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
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”.
Rohan Lorensen with his mother Carolyn Lorensen.