Thursday, May 28, 2009

Motorcycle Racing Legend : Ed Kretz Jr

By S. Clayton Moore

Photo By Clayton Moore

You wouldn't know it to look at him, but Ed Kretz Jr. is one of the world's greatest motorcyclists. The few faint scars from his racing days don't reveal the story of his remarkable days as a motorcycle racer.

Photo Courtesy Ed Kretz Jr

During the pinnacle of his career in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he raced alongside some of the world's most famous racers, pushing Indians and Triumphs to the very edge of their capabilities. His racing buddies included screen legends like Steve McQueen and Lee Marvin, television stars like Jay Leno, and world-famous racers like the "Indian Wrecking Crew" of Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman.

Photo Courtesy Ed Kretz Jr

Perhaps no one in Kretz' orbit was more famous than his father, Ed Kretz Sr., who won the very first Daytona road race in 1937. Known as the "Iron Man" for his amazing endurance on a bike, the elder Kretz was the greatest motorcycle racer of his time and one of the sport's first major stars.
At 73, Kretz still has a fire in his eyes when he talks about just how much fun it was to race.
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