How a California walnut farmer saved some of racing’s earliest warriors


This all started the way a lot of good adventure stories do, with a mysterious steamer trunk entrusted to a young man by an old family friend who had passed away. It was the early 1980s, and Brian Blain, a fourth-generation Californian and former school teacher who had only recently decided to try his hand at walnut and pecan farming, opened the trunk and saw, although he didn’t know it, the rest of his life laid before him.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/10/15/racing-earliest-warrior-1916-national-racer