Formula One cars from the likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Marussia created a cacophony of noise and burning rubber on the streets of Moscow on Sunday.
The unique spectacle was part of the 2012 Moscow City Racing Show and allowed Marussia - part-owned by Russian sports car manufacturer Marussia Motors - to make its debut at the hugely popular event.
The iconic cityscape of Moscow was the backdrop on Sunday as the teams from the world of Formula One gave Russian race fans a taste of the world's most popular motorsport.
Despite heavy rain overnight that threw the schedule back, it did little to dampen the spirits of the thousands in attendance who were able to witness the unique sights and smells of throbbing F1 machinery.
The event was part of the 2012 Moscow City Racing Show, with the F1 parade laps now something of a regular feature having taken place over the last five years.
The sport is coming to Russia for the first time in 2014 with a Grand Prix in the southern city of Sochi.
SOUNDBITE: (English) Charles Pic, Marussia Driver:
"It is a city track so City tracks for us the drivers are always a little bit special and exciting more so than normal tracks. So, on this side it is very good to be. After it stays a track so it is like normal."
Officials in the capital also say that the roads around the Kremlin are being considered for a new venue - a probable street circuit - sometime in the near future.
Formula 1 at the 2012 Moscow City Racing ShowMonday, July 16 2012