Ed "Iron Man" Kretz was undoubtedly the greatest motorcycle racer of his day. Among his considerable accomplishments were victories at nearly all of the major national events of the late 1930s and 1940s, including the Savannah 200 mile road race, the Langhorne 100 Mile and the Laconia Classic.
The ride that Kretz will forever be remembered for was his victory in the inaugural Daytona 200 in 1937. Even in its first year, the Daytona 200 was one of the most important races on the calendar. It would go on to become the single most influential motorcycle and car race in America, and Kretz's win at the very first race earned him a significant place in the history of the sport.
By the time he retired from racing in 1959, Kretz had earned nine American Motorcycle Association national wins as well as numerous Pacific Coast titles and had been nicknamed "Iron Man" by virtue of his longevity in a young man's sport. Many of the old-time racers considered Kretz the best they'd ever seen.