Ken’s fit­ting farewell

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

ONE of the char­ac­ters of the car sale scene in Cairns has been given a farewell he would have been proud of.

For­mer col­leagues and friends of Ken Ahrens gath­ered at the Edge Hill Me­mo­rial Bowls Club last Fri­day for his wake, lin­ing up sam­buca shoot­ers in a fit­ting trib­ute. He was pri­vately cre­mated.

The 76 year old re­tired from sell­ing cars in 2014 af­ter a three year stint at Trin­ity Auto Group which he re­turned to in 2011 af­ter 30 years.

The li­censed mo­tor dealer was last sell­ing new Peu­geots at Trin­ity.

Mr Ahrens, who also spent a lot of time in Pa­pua New Guinea, es­ti­mated he sold 5000 ve­hi­cles over 30 years with an ap­prox­i­mate value of $50 mil­lion. He first started at Ire­land’s sell­ing used cars and then new Hold­ens.

He then joined Quay Ford, which to­day is Trin­ity Ford, and worked for Westco Mo­tors and Cross­land Toy­ota in Cairns and Hux­ham Ford and Grasso Toy­ota at In­n­is­fail.

At one stage he sold Rus­sian cars, new Lada Ni­vas, and once sold a car to a pris­oner at Lo­tus Glen Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre.

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