It's not every day Londoners see a NASCAR stock racer driving through city streets. But that's exactly what they recently witnessed.

Orchestrated by the same people behind the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, a publicity stunt brought a Sprint Cup-spec Chevy SS through the British capital, just to see how people would react.

This is the Dow-sponsored No. 3 car that Austin Dillon is driving this year for Richard Childress Racing, but we doubt many of the onlookers could tell – or cared. What they saw is 725 horsepower of pushrod American muscle rumbling through London, a fish-and-chips-out-of-water scenario if we've ever seen one.

That's not to say the Chevy SS or NASCAR are entirely foreign to Brits. The muscle sedan is closely related to the Vauxhall VXR8 that's sold in the UK. And the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series races around the Indy course at Brands Hatch every year, a race that's been won for the past several years by a Chevy SS.

This year's championship kicked off this past weekend in Valencia, with the double-header races won by Belgium's former champ Anthony Kumpen and Israeli driver Alon Day, last year's runner-up. The two already look poised for a showdown this year, especially now that three-time champion Andre Vilariño has left the series. After the Netherlands, they'll hit Brands Hatch in June before heading to France, Italy, and Belgium.

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