Jaffas flood down Baldwin St to the waiting crowds during
the Cadbury Jaffa Race yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Lollies scrambled down the world's steepest street in
Baldwin St was a colourful blur as Jaffas hit the road in the
race of their lives.
Thousands of people rolled up to watch the 75,000 highly
competitive lollies bounce down the hill. In the first race,
at 12.31pm, the most enthusiastic red Jaffa got home in about
30 seconds, although, for the first time, no official winning
times were recorded.
The 2.8g balls get up to 100kmh, or 28m a second, on the
19-degree gradient track, which drops from 100m above sea
level to just 10m over its 350m length.
It was a street carnival atmosphere before the event, with
stiltwalkers threading through the crowd and face-painting
stalls and sausage sizzles set up on footpaths.
The residents of Baldwin St's 34 homes had the best seats in
''It's great. It brings the kids out for a really fun family
day,'' resident Sandor Toth said.
''We moved here in April and didn't really know what to
expect when we came here. But it's great. It's part and
parcel of being in the street.''
His nieces, 12-year-old twins Amber and Chloe Toth, came from
Alexandra for the great race.
''It looks really cool. It looks yummy,'' Amber said.
At 12.59pm, a sea of yellow Jaffas poured forth, followed by
blue Jaffas at 1.30pm.
The annual event has raised more than $500,000 for local
charities since it was launched in 2002. This year, it raised
$25,000 apiece for Parents Centre of New Zealand, MakeAWish
Foundation and Surf Life Saving New Zealand. The 75,000
numbered Jaffas were sold for $1 each, with the first five
home winning prizes for their owners.
The race was part of the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, which is
on until July 26.
Results were.- Red Jaffa race: 1, No04639; 2, 16225; 3,
00918; 4, 24463; 5, 16470.
Yellow Jaffa race: 1, No13671; 2, 01730; 3, 04396; 4, 23552;
Blue Jaffa race: 1, No24394; 2, 03700; 3, 14735; 4, 19853; 5,