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    GOING GREEN: Kermit Racing team members, from left, Peter Schneider, David Morrison, Paul Newcombe, Jo Ussing and Graeme Ussing with ‘Kermit’.

Kermit shines for a cause

A Nhill car-racing team raising money for a fight against rare cancers has performed strongly in an endurance event in South Australia, coming second in its class and third overall.

Kermit Racing is based on a green 33-year-old EA Ford Falcon sporting a unique super-frog logo designed by Gayle Newcombe Fine Arts and features team members Peter Schneider, David Morrison, Paul Newcombe, Jo Ussing and Graeme Ussing.

The team had just prepared the car in 2020 when COVID-19 struck, putting an end to travel plans. But with borders back open, Kermit Racing had an opportunity to complete an endurance event at Mallala, north of Adelaide.

The challenge was part of a Budget Endurance class, run as combined charity and race events across Australia.

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Race manager Jo Ussing said cars must cost less than $5000 to qualify and teams used the event to raise awareness and money for research into rare cancers.

“This gives racing fans the opportunity to race at some of the best racetracks in Australia without having to sell the family farm,” she said.

“Teams focus on fundraising, this year supporting Rare Cancers Australia. It is a cause close to everyone on the team and Kermit Racing also won the award for the most money raised over the weekend.

“Completing 750 laps, a distance of 1950 kilometres in an old car on standard road tyres is no mean feat. Doing it under race conditions was even more impressive. The event was run across three days, a total of 24 hours of racing.”

Team members acknowledged financial sponsor SMS Rural as well as other sponsors from Nhill. Sponsorship packages are still available and people can call Mrs Ussing on 0419 379 000 for details.

People can also donate to Rare Cancers Australia online at and nominate Kermit Racing.


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