Reliving the Muscle Cars Stamps Launch in Daytona

We brought together lots of automotive legends at Daytona International Speedway this year—both the muscle cars from our new limited-edition stamp set AND racing idols Richard and Kyle Petty. Check out the action-packed pics from our stamp launch event!

Cars on Display 3Fans who came out to Daytona were treated to some actual muscle cars. The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, 1969 Shelby GT-500, and 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda were on display for everyone to enjoy before the stamps were officially issued.

For the ceremony we were joined by seven-time Sprint Cup Series champion Richard Petty and his son, former Sprint Cup Series driver and TV analyst Kyle Petty.

“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.”

Pettys montageTop (l-r): Richard Petty; Kyle Petty gives opening remarks at the First Day of Issue ceremony; Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe with Richard Petty; Joie Chitwood III (President, Daytona International Speedway), stamp artist Tom Fritz (stamp artist), Kyle Petty, Richard Petty and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe unveil the limited-edition America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever® stamps.

Bottom (l-r): Richard Petty shows the limited-edition Muscle Cars stamps in front of the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona after the First Day of Issue ceremony; Kyle Petty, Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe, and Richard Petty; Richard Petty gives remarks; Kyle and Richard Petty help Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe show off some limited-edition Muscle Cars art.

“The muscle cars gave everyday Americans the opportunity to experience the rush of driving a fast, powerful car,” said Postmaster General 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.”

After the ceremony, race fans lined up to purchase stamps and other Muscle Cars items. Richard Petty even stopped by to sign autographs for everyone! Later Richard and Kyle talked to Miss Sprint Cup about racing and the Muscle Cars stamps on the main stage of the Sprint FANZONE at Daytona International Speedway.

FDOI montageEveryone at the DAYTONA 500 was treated to a pre-race parade lap that included three of the muscle cars . . . plus two USPS delivery trucks!

ParadeWe enjoyed every moment of our time in Daytona. Were you there? Share your stories and pictures here, or come find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever® stamps were issued Friday, February 22, at Daytona International Speedway. They are currently available online and in Post Offices nationwide. Visit The Postal Store to see more Muscle Cars related products.

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