Richard Petty Dedicates "Muscle Cars Forever" Postage StampsUSPS, musclecar stamps, Richard Petty
February 22 2013 10:05 AM
Miscellaneous, SCOTT ROSS
Like to dress up the letters that you send via First Class Mail?
Come on in for more about the "Muscle car Forever" stamps, which the United States Postal Service just released, with the help of one of their long-time customers from the 27317 zip code...
Raw power gets a stamp of its own today as seven-time NASCAR Champion Richard Petty helped dedicate the "America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever" stamps.
Petty, his son Kyle and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe dedicated the limited-edition stamps at the Daytona International Speedway, where “The King” won a record seven Daytona 500s.
Typically equipped with big, powerful engines, these high-performance vehicles began roaring across America in the 1960s. The limited edition stamps feature five iconic muscle cars including the ’69 Dodge Charger Daytona and the ’70 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda. (Plus a Bowtie, a Blue Oval and a B-O-P car--Scott.)
“The Muscle Cars stamps celebrate an exciting era in American automotive history,” said Richard Petty. “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. This is a great way to share our stories, old and new, about the Petty history in racing.”
“The muscle cars gave everyday Americans the opportunity to experience the rush of driving a fast, powerful car,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “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.”
The Muscle Cars Forever stamps are the third issue in the "America on the Move" stamp series. The artwork was created by Tom Fritz of Newbury Park, CA, under the art direction of Carl T. Herrman of North Las Vegas, NV. Other issues in the series, "'50s Sporty Cars" (2005), followed by "’50s Fins and Chrome" (2008), were the work of artist Art Fitzpatrick of Carlsbad, CA.
The Muscle Cars stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in self adhesive sheets of 20 (four of each design). Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
(The following four paragraphs are taken directly from the USPS press release. We apologize for their incomplete versions of these iconic Mopars' histories, which appear to be written by someone who's never driven anything faster than a Prius, or may never have driven any motor vehicle.)
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
The outrageously styled 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was designed to dominate on the racetrack. The car, which underwent wind-tunnel testing before its release, took the checkered flag at its NASCAR debut in September 1969 at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega. The production version of the car was powered by a standard 440 cubic-inch, 375 horsepower Magnum engine. A limited number of Daytonas also were built with the optional 426 cubic-inch Hemi, a race-inspired engine Chrysler introduced earlier that decade. Chrysler first used a version of the Hemi — a high-performance engine with hemispherical combustion chambers — in automobiles in the 1950s.
Concealed headlights, fender-mounted scoops, a nearly 2-foot tall, rear-mounted wing and an 18-inch nose piece helped boost aerodynamics. Other signature touches were thick body stripes containing the word “DAYTONA.” The distinctive vehicles were not easy to come by. In order to qualify for NASCAR racing, at least 500 Daytonas had to be made available for purchase. Only 503 were produced.
1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda
The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, a performance-oriented alter-ego of the standard 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, oozed power. The car’s 426 cubic-inch Hemi engine was a 425 horsepower beast. The car was part of what Plymouth called “The Rapid Transit System.” The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda was “our angriest, slipperiest-looking body shell wrapped around ol’ King Kong hisself,” one advertisement bellowed.
One of the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda’s more audacious features was the Shaker hood scoop, which vibrated as air flowed through to the engine's two four-barrel carburetors. The car’s styling was an extension of its bold ethos. It was available in a variety of eye-popping color choices, such as Lemon Twist, Lime Light and Vitamin C. Hockey-stick shaped stripes denoting engine size, a shifter handle shaped like a pistol grip and bucket seats also were offered. The model also is a rare specimen, as fewer than 700 were produced.
Customers may view the "America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever" stamps, as well as many of this year’s other stamps, on Facebook (at facebook.com/USPSStamps) on Twitter (@USPSstamps) or on the website Beyond the Perf at www.beyondtheperf.com/2013-preview. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.
Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at local Post Offices, at usps.com/stamps or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
Muscle Cars Stamps
500 Bill France Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is nocharge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by April 22.
Ordering First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:
U.S. Postal Service
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
Philatelic Products (For stamp collectors)
Seven philatelic products are available:
-470506 Muscle Cars uncut press sheet — a unique way to showcase an exciting era in American automotive history and perfect for framing, this 36.25-inch x 12.6-inch press sheet with die-cuts contains 10 sheets of 20 Muscle Cars Forever stamps positioned five across by two down. Maximum order 5. Price: $92/each
-470508 Muscle Cars uncut press sheet, without die cuts. Maximum order 5. Price: $92/each
-470510 Muscle Cars Digital Color Postmark Keepsake — Teeming with horsepower, this collectible package includes a sheet of 20 Muscle Cars Forever stamps and a set of five number 6 envelopes — each with a different, affixed Muscle Cars stamp and a First-Day-of-Issue color postmark. Price: $17.95/set
-470516 Muscle Cars First-Day Cover — Rev up your collection with this dynamic set of five first-day covers. Each number 6 envelope features a different affixed Muscle Cars Forever stamp and a First-Day-of-Issue black pictorial postmark. Price: $4.50/set
-470530 Muscle Cars Ceremony Program — Celebrate an exciting era in automotive history and the Muscle Cars Forever first day of issue with an official ceremony program and cover. The full-color, custom-designed program features the first-day ceremony agenda and participants on one side, with a narrative about these iconic cars and the stamp designs on
the reverse. Price: $6.95/each
-470524 Muscle Cars Framed Stamp Art (silver matte w/stamps) — Roar down memory lane with this ready-to-hang artwork that displays a sheet of the 2013 limited edition Muscle Cars Forever stamps. The dynamic stamp designs depict five iconic muscle cars. including the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda. The Muscle Cars Forever stamps are the third issue in the America on the Move stamp series. The stamp artwork was created by Tom Fritz under the art direction of Carl T. Herrman. This 13” x 14” art features a silver matte, chrome-colored frame, non-breakable plexi-glass to protect the stamps, and a dust cover on the back. A saw tooth hanger is installed on the back for easy wall display. Price: $39.95/each
-470525 Muscle Cars Framed Stamp Art (car sketch collage matte w/stamps) — Roar down memory lane with this ready-to-hang artwork that features a sheet of the 2013 limited edition Muscle Cars Forever stamps. The dynamic stamp designs depict five iconic muscle cars including the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda. The Muscle Cars Forever stamps are the third issuance in the America on the Move stamp series. The stamp artwork was created by Tom Fritz under the art direction of Carl T. Herrman. The 13” x 14” art is comprised of a mat bearing a collage of muscle car sketches, chrome-colored frame, non-breakable plexiglass to protect the stamps, and a dust cover on the back. A saw tooth hanger is installed on the back for easy wall display. Price: $39.95/each
The United States Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
(Courtesy United States Postal Service)
(Stamp images are (C) 2013 United States Postal Service, while the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda body designs shown on them are (C) 1969 Chrysler Corporation. (Those copyrights assigned 2009 to Chrysler Group LLC, by whose permission these body designs are used.))