Archive for February 11th, 2012

February 11, 2012

Kretz #3

The Ed Kretz dealership was a well know stop for riders looking for a new top-of-the-line Triumph in Monterey Park on the sunny west coast. Evocative shop label of a muse atop the Thunderbird ‘paper dart’ logo.

A cool image of a bikers line-up along the shop front.


Ed’s Senior and Junior (left & right) with another “Hall of Famer”, A.J. Lewis. Standing by an early 50’s racing Triumph.

 Kretz Sr. was friends with none other than James Dean, both in terms of motorcycling as well as racing. Here they chat awhile as Dean sits in his 1954 Porsche 356 Speedster. He traded this car for the infamous Porsche 550 Spyder later that year. Two Legends!

February 11, 2012

Like Father like Son

Ed Kretz Sr. (1911-1996) the original Iron Man was a force to be truly reckoned with in the early world of motorcycle racing: his dedicated and aggressive riding style winning him numerous accolades, including the first Daytona 200 in ’37. His #38 race number becoming a common podium sight. Regarded in high esteem by his peers as well as the senior racers from the teens and twenties he dominated the scene from the late thirties, through the forties and into the fifties until his retirement in ’59. Both father and son had a ‘cycle dealership in California, first  for Indian Motorcycles until ’53 then Triumph after.