Ken’s fitting farewell
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.