His name is actually John Hooper, so if you do happen to meet him best to not call him "Hopper"...
I am somewhat in your boat though about the club scene I have never had a great desire to join a club, (but then again what club what accept me?), but you can be friends with guys that are in the clubs and trade parts or learn about guys with parts cars and so on. I know is the last few years since we have moved around a lot I have tried just to meet car guys in my area, just to stay in the mix, and so you know who you could count on for tack weld here, or borrow a wrench there. So I think the same thing applies with knowing your local Camaro guys, if you get in a spot where you need to see a guys car for reference, or get a second opinion on something it is good to know your local resources.
A good story: about a month ago I posted about the Temecula Rod Run, and I ended up meeting two somewhat new CRG'ers at the show (Zak, and Jack). Since then I have met up at A car show with both of them, and besides giving Zak a hard time about having a spoiler on his totally stock 67 SS Camaro, I have helped him little bit with a 383 swap on his 68 Camaro convertible. So you kinda get to of it what you put in.
Just food for thought