Ed Kretz Jr., a veteran motorcycle racer and enthusiast, has died at the age of 81.
A member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame since 2002, Kretz was known primarily as a TT and road racing specialist, but he also was a leading off-road rider in the 1950s. He won a class at the Catalina Grand Prix in 1956. His biggest career win came in 1955, when he rode a Triumph to victory in the prestigious Peoria TT.
In his later years he served as Grand Marshal at the Pikes Peak Motorcycle Hill Climb and the Laconia Vintage Road race.. He occasionally rode his old Indian and Triumph racers in parade laps of racing events, toured on a Honda Gold Wing and was a regular in the popular Colorado 500 off-road ride.