Legendary motorcycle racer Ed “Iron Man” Kretz, Sr. is one of the main inspirations behind our film, Why We Ride. He was a motorcycle racer in the 1930s and 1940s, best known for winning the first Daytona 200 race in 1937, riding an Indian Sport Scout. His other victories included the Savannah 200-mile road race, the Langhorne 100 Mile and the Laconia Classic.
We had the privilege of interviewing Ed’s children in our movie, and the entire Kretz family was extremely helpful throughout the production process. Ed Kretz, Jr. was a renowned racer himself, winning many races both on and off road and was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002. He and his sister Donna Forstall provided invaluable insight into the life of Ed Kretz, Sr. and what it was like to grow up with a motorcycle racing pioneer.
We were deeply saddened to lose Ed Kretz, Jr. last fall, so we were happy to see the family organize a memorial ride in his honor. The first annual Kretz Memorial Ride will take place on September 6, 2014 in Colorado, and all proceeds from the ride will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Ed Kretz Jr.’s wife Elaine was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in March of 2006, so the Kretz Memorial Ride is a way to honor both Ed and Elaine while raising money to find a cure. Please join us for a day of riding, remembering and fundraising!
The event will kick off with registration and breakfast at 8:00 am in Sedalia, CO, at O’Brien’s Cafe. It will conclude with a BBQ lunch at Fay Myers. The cost for the ride is $25 per person and includes a t-shirt, breakfast and lunch fees. Additional donations may also be sent to the Kretz Memorial Fund on the Alzheimer’s Association page here.