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Hall of Famer Ed Kretz Jr. passes

September 11, 2013

It is with great regret and sadness that the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame notes the passing of Hall of Famer Ed Kretz Jr.

Kretz Jr. was an AMA Grand National Championship competitor of the 1950s and 1960s. His biggest career win came in 1955, when he rode a Triumph to victory in the prestigious Peoria TT. He was the son of Ed Kretz, winner of the inaugural Daytona 200 in 1937.

"The motorcycle racing fraternity is a tight one, and guys like Ed Kretz Jr. and his dad, as a father-son racing dynasty, were real icons," said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. "In the 1950s, when Ed Kretz Jr. was a standout on dirt ovals across the country, flat track racing was in one of its most competitive eras, and to excel at that time and win a race like the famous Peoria TT, well, it hands-down made you a hero. Ed Kretz Jr. was a great racer, a great winner and a respected businessman with his family dealership in California. He will truly be missed by racers, riders and the entire AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame community."

Kretz was born in Pomona, Calif., in 1932. Motorcycling was always a part of Kretz’s life. He grew up going to races with his famous father and worked in the family-owned motorcycle dealership in Monterey Park from an early age.

Kretz Jr. died on Sept. 9 at the age of 81.

The American Motorcyclist Association and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame extend their deepest condolences to the Kretz family in this difficult time.

A celebration of life will be Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, Colo. Click here for more information.

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