The amazing moment Woking echoed to the sound of an F1 engine when Mika Hakkinen celebrated 1998 victory – Get Surrey

In the event you love Method One and you like Woking, the day Mika Hakkinen took to the streets of the city was one to be pleased with.

Take your thoughts again to November 1998 in Woking, Sunday November 22 to be actual.

Simply months earlier, McLaren driver Mika Hakkinen had helped the staff full the F1 double – sealing each the drivers’ championship and the constructors’ championship.

What a second for Woking and one thing to rejoice.

To mark the triumph, Hakkinen took his title-winning automotive for a drive across the streets of Woking, to the delight of the hundreds of followers who lined the streets to congratulate him.

McLaren beforehand shared this glorious archive footage of the second and it is a event to relive, time and again.

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With the Christmas tree up within the City Sq., now Jubilee Sq., Woking was preparing for the festive season – and it was left to Hakkinen to ship an early current.

A 15,000-strong crowd gathered to greet the world champion following the staff’s memorable double with its legendary MP4-13 automotive.

Crowds cheer as Mika Hakkinen arrives in Woking in 1998
(Picture: Surrey Advertiser/ Grahame Larter)

Followers lined the streets and grabbed a terrific view from above as they packed out the degrees of the Toys ‘R’ Us automotive park, which has now been demolished, within the city centre.

They watched on as their racing hero sped previous in his Method 1 automotive, all the way in which from Victoria Method by means of to the City Sq..

The mighty machine heads down Victoria Method, Woking
(Picture: Grahame Larter)

Within the video, captured by McLaren, Hakkinen is seen driving his automotive by means of Woking, cheered on by spectators on the sidelines because the mighty machine roars previous.

Had been you there to witness Häkkinen doing his lap of honour? What recollections do you’ve got of the day? Electronic mail  your recollections to

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