Ed Kretz, Junior was born in 1932 to Ed “Iron Man” Kretz. Ed the senior was one of the best known motorcycle racers of all time – and his son would soon become an exceptional racer in his own right.
Ed Kretz was 16 when his dad asked him if he wanted to try racing. He started racing in 1948 on the same Indian “45” Scout that his father had raced to the win in the first Daytona 200 in 1937. Also as a tribute to his father, he also wore the number 38R when he was racing as an amateur. Later, he earned enough points to become an expert racer and used the number 33 until he stopped racing in 1961. During the pinnacle of his career, he raced alongside some of the world’s greats, and pushed Indian and Triumph motorcycles to the edge of their capabilities. Ed was also one of the first riders in America to race a 250 cc Honda – and even wrote a review of the new Japanese bike for Cycle World Magazine.
Kretz scored his sole national victory in the Peoria TT in September 1955, taking the lead around the fifth lap and eventually beating future AMA Grand National Champion Brad Andres. He managed to nail a pair of top-five finishes at Peoria in 1956, and tied for sixth in the AMA Grand National Championship standings. He also won the 200cc class at the Catalina Grand Prix and was the Northwest Motorcycle TT champion.