Richard Petty Dedicates Muscle Cars Forever Stamps

              Richard Petty Dedicates Muscle Cars Forever Stamps

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 22, 2013

Limited-Edition Stamps Celebrate High-Performance Cars from the '60s and '70s

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Raw power gets a
stamp of its own today when seven-time NASCAR National Champion Richard Petty
helps dedicate the America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever stamps.

(Photo:http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130222/DC64746)

Petty, his son Kyle and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will dedicate the
limited-edition stamps at the Daytona International Speedway where "The King"
won a record seven Daytona 500 Championships.

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: the '66 Pontiac GTO, the '67 Shelby GT-500, the '69
Dodge Charger Daytona, the '70 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda and the '70 Chevelle SS.

"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 issuance 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
issuances 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.

1966 Pontiac GTO
The Pontiac GTO ushered in the American muscle-car era in the mid-1960s, just
as the first baby boomers began to come of age. The first GTO was born when
engineers dropped a 389-cubic-inch V8 engine, which was built for a full-size
sedan, into an intermediate-size Pontiac Tempest LeMans. Initially offered
simply as an option on the Tempest LeMans, the GTO — which in Italian stood
for Gran Turismo Omologato, or in English, Grand Touring Homologated — became
its own model in 1966.

Available as a hardtop, coupe or convertible, the 1966 Pontiac GTO was
equipped with a standard 335-horsepower V8 engine. The "Goat" could really
move. In tests, it went from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. It also looked much
different than its predecessors. Starting in 1966, the car featured curvy
Coke-bottle styling and a split grille. 

1967 Shelby GT-500
Manufacturer Carroll Shelby's take on the Ford Mustang reflected his roots as
a race car driver. The 1967 Shelby GT-500 was powered by a 428-cubic-inch,
355-horsepower Police Interceptor engine. The car also featured a rear spoiler
and optional dealer-installed LeMans stripes. Rocker panel stripes came
standard on the 1967 Shelby GT-500, which also sported grille-mounted
headlights. A scooped fiberglass hood, extended nose, and interior roll bar
and shoulder harnesses further enhanced the race car feel.

The 1967 Shelby GT-500 was more than just a racer. The improved suspension
softened the ride, resulting in a vehicle that was comfortable to drive on the
highway as well as on the track. The car was both striking and rare; only
2,048 were built. A customized or original version of the 1967 Shelby GT-500
has appeared in contemporary movies and magazines, rekindling American pop
culture's fascination with the model. In 2007, Ford reintroduced the Shelby
GT-500 into the Mustang model lineup.

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 available with a 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 a 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.

1970 Chevelle SS
With features like optional twin racing stripes, the 1970 Chevelle SS looked
fierce. SS stood for Super Sport, a fitting designation for this power car. A
396-cubic-inch engine was available, but a 454-cubic-inch engine option gave
the 1970 Chevelle SS credibility among muscle car enthusiasts. Two versions of
the 454 engine were available: the 360-horsepower LS-5 and the 450-horsepower
LS-6. For its sheer power, the latter has become legendary among car buffs.

The LS-6-propelled 1970 Chevelle SS was enough to finish in the 13-second
range in quarter-mile tests. Optional Cowl Induction, a flap on the bulged
hood that allowed cold air to flow into the engine, added even more kick. In
addition to its impressive road performance, the 1970 Chevelle SS also was
known for its unique style. Available as a coupe or a convertible, it featured
a black grille and SS emblems on both the grille and the rear bumper.

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  @USPSstampsoron the websiteBeyond the
Perfat beyondtheperf.com/2013-preview. Beyond the Perf isthe 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
Postmaster
500 Bill France Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return
the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All
orders must be postmarked by April 22, 2013.

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
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

Seven philatelic products are available:

  o470506 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. $92
  o470508 Muscle Cars uncut press sheet (without die cuts). Maximum order 5.
    $92
  o470510 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. $17.95
  o470516 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. $4.50
  o470530 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. $6.95
  o470524 Muscle Cars Framed Stamp Art (silver matt 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: the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967
    Shelby GT-100, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi
    'Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS. 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. This
    13" x 14" art features a silver mat, 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. $39.95
  o470525 Muscle Cars Framed Stamp Art (car sketch collage mat 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: the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the
    1967 Shelby GT-100, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi
    'Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS. 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 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. $39.95

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