I found an old post I did on the the HOT ROD Magazine Test Camaro.
One article said the car was an early production car that showed up at GM proving ground in Mesa, AZ in May 1966,
was given to a few car mags for a road test then was given to Hot Rod for long term testing and was used to test fit many speed parts.
Later purchased by Jim Mcfarland who was an editor and publisher at Hot Rod
Someone said they saw the trim tag and it has an August build date so it's early but not May 66, maybe Hot Rod Mag got the car mixed up with a different red 67 Camaro?
Another article states that has many "firsts" such as.......
First Camaro in California. First Camaro road-tested in the print media. First street-driven Camaro with a big-block. First Camaro to gain editorial exposure in HOT ROD Magazine. First Camaro to carry an Edelbrock intake manifold. First Camaro to ever have a Hurst four-speed shifter. First Camaro in the 11s. First Camaro to take a test lap at Riverside Raceway. First Camaro to appear at an NHRA National event. First Camaro to ever 'beat' Bill Jenkins. First Camaro sent to Bill Thomas to get a "396" installed. (Bill T put in a stroked 396 so was more CU IN)
Also ... was driven by Zora D, Smokey Yunick, Bill Jenkins, and a bunch of other well known hot rodders/racers.
Vic E should get the full story to disply with the car, even if he has to pay someone to research it, it would be worth it.