U.S. Postal Services honors American muscle in new series

Limited-edition stamps celebrate high-performance cars from the ’60s and ’70s.

Limited-edition stamps celebrate high-performance cars from the ’60s and ’70s.

American muscle “Forever”

Raw power gets a stamp of approval with a new series of limited-edition “forever” stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

In a ceremony at the Daytona 500 in February, NASCAR champ Richard Petty and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe dedicated the series of legendary iron, known as
“America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever.”
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The stamps feature five cars: a 1966 Pontiac GTO, ’67 Shelby GT-500, ’69 Dodge Charger Daytona, ’70 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda and a ’70 Chevelle SS.

“These examples of raw power bring back fond memories for me and my family, a testament to how aerodynamics transformed racing,” said Petty, who won the Daytona 500 seven times. 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.”

0315__Stamps_CudaThe Muscle Cars stamps are the third set in the America on the Move series. The artwork was created by Tom Fritz of Newbury Park. The series of ’50s Fins and Chrome (2008) was the work of Art Fitzpatrick, who lives in Carlsbad,Calif., just north of San Diego.

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.

View these stamps and others online at Facebook.com/USPSStamps.

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About Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard has been the automotive editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1992.

He drives nearly 200 vehicles a year for review, has attended several high-performance driving schools and a few off-road driving courses.

He attends many new-vehicle press introductions and schmoozes with auto-industry execs.

Mark Maynard