FYI WIRZ: Richard Petty Powers Up Postal Service's Muscle Car Stamps

Dwight Drum@@racetakeCorrespondent IIIMarch 3, 2013

Richard Petty shows off the new Muscle Car stamps in the Daytona FanZone.   Credit: Dwight Drum
Richard Petty shows off the new Muscle Car stamps in the Daytona FanZone. Credit: Dwight Drum

Daytona International Speedway is known across the world for the Daytona 500, the “Great American Race,” but the days leading up to that huge date are known as Speedweeks with preliminary races and promotional events.

Richard Petty and Kyle Petty joined postmaster general Patrick Donahoe on February 22 to announce a special first-day-of-issue of Muscle Cars stamps in the infield FanZone area at DIS.

It’s all about speed—historic speed that hit the streets decades ago in the flashy form of muscle cars from Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge. The era soon gave way to more fuel-efficient models as gasoline got pricy and scarce, but the lore of the sleek cars with motor strength lived on.

Now those muscle cars—Pontiac GTO, 1967 Shelby GT-500, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, 1970 Chevelle SS—live on in the form of Forever stamps issued by the Postal Service.

Also an icon in speed and motorsports history is the Petty family. Kyle Petty mentioned that his dad had a long list of achievements that he could list, but simply introduced Richard Petty, his dad, with a few words: “Here’s the King.”

Richard Petty cast a legendary shadow on muscle car show cars as he touted the new stamps, saying:

The Muscle car stamps celebrate an exciting era in American automotive history. 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 Petty history in racing.

Postmaster general Patrick Donahoe joined “The King” in announcing the specially designed stamps and said:

The muscle cars gave everyday Americans the opportunity to experience the rush of driving a fast powerful car. 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 cars they represent—are timeless.

Muscle Cars Forever stamps available at U.S. Post Offices now in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (four of each design).

The new stamps are a part of the Postal Service’s America on the Move. Muscle Cars Forever is the third issuance. The issuance of the first two groups were ‘50s Sporty Cars (2005) and ‘50s Fins and Chrome (2008).

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamps postmarked with first-day-of-issue cancellation. Customers have 60 days after February 22 to order first-day-of-issue postmark by mail.

The Muscle Cars Forever stamps are likely to sell fast, and that’s a tribute to the speed and fun they represent.

FYI WIRZ is the select presentation of topics by Dwight Drum at Racetake.com. Unless otherwise noted, information and all quotes were obtained from personal interviews or official release materials provided by sanction and media representatives.


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