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Saturday, March 9, 2013

US Post Office Launches Muscle Car Collection

From Left: Daytona International Speedway President
Joie Chitwood III, Muscle Cars Stamp Artist Tom Fritz,
NASCAR icons Kyle and Richard Petty, and Postmaster
General Patrick Donahoe unveil the Limited Edition
America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever stamps
at the Daytona International Speedway. All 60 million
Forever stamps are ready to roar out of the nation's
Post Offices.
(PRNewsFoto/U.S. Postal Service, 
Daniel Afzal, U.S. Postal Service)

The US Post Office has just released a new collection of car stamps in its America on the Move series: Muscle Cars Forever. Appropriately enough, the limited-edition first class stamps were dedicated at the Daytona International Speedway by seven-time NASCAR National Champion Richard Petty, together with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, and Petty’s son Kelly.

Petty said of the collection, “These examples of raw power bring back fond memories for me and my family, a testament to how aerodynamics transformed racing. I’ve been around racing and muscle cars all my life. These stamps bring back the memories of our racing heritage in the ‘60s and ‘70s.”

Donahoe added, “Just looking at the stamps evokes a feeling of speed. As Forever stamps, they’ll always be good for mailing a First-Class letter anytime in the future. And when you think about it, that’s fitting. Because these stamps—just like the great cars they represent—are timeless.”

There are five different designs in all, which are sold together as a self-adhesive sheet of 20 (each design appears four times). The artwork is by Tom Fritz of Newbury Park, California. The cars in the series are a 1966 Pontiac GTO, a 1967 Shelby GT-500, a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda and a 1970 Chevelle SS.

Previous issues in the America on the Move series were ‘50s Sporty Cars and ‘50s Fins and Chrome.

The Muscle Cars Forever collection is currently being featured on the post office’s Facebook page. There’s a link there to a webpage where you can buy these and other stamps online.




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