Re: 1969 Copo convertible
So would I but the line to speak with Gib was growing impatient. He was involved with Chevy "product performance" back to Day One, 1955 or so. Worked with Duntov, Yunick.
Some books I highly recommend:
Yunicks' book "Best Damn Garage In Town" is fascinating; he had a long, love/hate relationship with Chevy. Some of the stuff we cherish was developed by him; Z/28 plenum air intake, angle-plug heads. Probably all of the hemi 302 parts that exist today came from his shop auction along with '70 Camaro #1. He very briefly mentions the hemi project calling it a "one half million dollar trip to sh*tsville." He also built a couple of Trans-Am Camaros that didn't do much. One of them was the source of the famous tech inspection story.
Mark Donohues' book "The Unfair Advantage" has a chapter on the Penske Trans-Am Camaros of course. Another love/hate relationship with Chevy that deteriorated to their defection to American Motors for the '70 season. Quite a ballsy move for a guy that owned a Chevy dealership.
Van valkenburghs' book is back in print I believe. He was there for most of interesting years and did his homework developing the history of what transpired before his time. He worked with all the usual suspects and revealed a wealth of knowledge about those years. One surprising aspect of his and Yunicks' books is drag racing is virtually unmentioned.
The absolute best tech book for Chevy-developed racing parts back in the day is "Camaro Untold Secrets" by Wayne Guinn. Lots of photos, factory documentation and the stories that go with them.