While we were seated at our desks like good worker bees yesterday, Irv Gordon was continuing his assault on the record books. Gordon, if you recall, is the original owner of a red 1966 Volvo P1800 (owner and car shown above), and yesterday, Volvo says the coupe's odometer clocked its three-millionth mile. The miracle mile occurred on the Seward Highway in Alaska, one of only two states that Gordon had never visited.

It took the New York native more than 20 years to hit his first million miles in 1987 and another 15 years to achieve two million miles in 2002, but a road trip to Alaska will further cement his place in the record books as the car surpasses three million miles. Gordon has almost doubled the 1.69-million mile distance that helped him win a Guinness Book of World Records title for the most miles logged on an originally owned car, and this new momentous distance proves the durability of both man and machine. For more information on Gordon's feat, scroll down for a Volvo press release or check out a website set up to celebrate his latest milestone.
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LONG ISLAND'S IRV GORDON TO REACH THREE MILLION MILE MARK IN HIS VOLVO P1800 TODAY

Long Island's Irv Gordon to Reach Three Million Mile Mark in his Volvo P1800 Today

First Person to Drive Three Million Miles in Same Car Will Reach Ultimate Driving Milestone on Alaska's Seward Highway

Visit www.3MillionReasons.com to Follow His Journey and Submit Your Reason to Believe


ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Sept. 17, 2013) – Today, 74-year-old Long Island native and retired science teacher Irv Gordon will reach a milestone no other individual has accomplished in more than 100 years of automobile manufacturing: driving three million miles in the same vehicle – a shiny, cherry red 1966 Volvo P1800.

To mark the occasion, Gordon will drive his three millionth mile today on the Seward Highway – Alaska Highway 1 – along the Turnagain Arm. The "Last Frontier" is one of two U.S. states Gordon has never visited and a fitting backdrop for this historic, record-breaking achievement. Video footage of Gordon's milestone moment can be viewed later this week at 3MillionReasons.com.

"It's not about getting to the three million miles; it's about the trips that got me to the three million miles," Gordon said. "I never had a goal to get to one million, to two million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo."

"We at Volvo applaud Irv and his Volvo. The spirited red P1800 represents an extraordinary demonstration of reliability, durability, safety and intelligent design that honors all Volvos past and present," said John Maloney, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. "His P1800 is the living embodiment that Volvos are designed around you."

As a celebration of Gordon's achievement, Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) launched a special campaign called "3 Million Reasons to Believe," that invites people around the world to visit 3MillionReasons.com to follow Irv's remarkable journey, explore his favorite road trips and share their own reason to believe.

"The best way to explore America is by car," Gordon added. "I challenge everyone to go out and see as much as possible. Find your own journey and reason to believe because you only have one life to live. No matter how many roads I've been on, there's always one I haven't taken. That's what makes it exciting."

"I bought my Volvo P1800 on a Friday and immediately fell in love," Gordon recalled. "I couldn't stop driving the car. It was a holiday weekend, and I brought the car back to the dealership the following Monday for its 1,500-mile service."

With a 125-mile round-trip daily commute, a fanatical dedication to vehicle maintenance and a passion for driving, Gordon logged 500,000 miles in 10 years. In 1987, he celebrated his one-millionth mile driving a loop around the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. In 1998 with 1.69 million miles, Gordon made the Guinness Book of World Records for most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle. In 2002, he drove the car's two-millionth mile down Times Square to international media attention. Since then, Gordon has broken is record every time he drives his celebrated car.

As Gordon rolls to his three-millionth mile, he notes, "I'm realizing this will be a record that no one will surpass and I've been feeling especially sentimental with these last few drives in beautiful Alaska. I've enjoyed the expansive landscape, a drive through the long tunnel to Prince William Sound/Whittier and a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The folks at Continental Volvo in Anchorage were kind enough to throw me a wonderful reception on Saturday."

"Everyone asks, what's next? Well, I'll keep driving my Volvo P1800 to auto shows and taking trips across the country. Not much will change. But whether I drive four million miles is more up to me than it is the car. The car may be able to take it, but I'm not so sure about me."

About Volvo
Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (www.volvocars.com/us) is a subsidiary of Volvo Car Corp. of Gothenburg, Sweden. VCNA provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to Volvo automobile retailers in the United States.


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      Carpinions
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the other part of this story is not just how far he's driven an original car he loves, but how well he's managed to keep it from harm and in perfect working order.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carpinions
        Yes, I want to know does he employ his own personal mechanic/restorer, or do it all himself?
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          I read in another article about him and his car that he actually has a go-to mechanic. I doubt it's his personal mechanic as Irving is not a wealthy man.
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          *sorry, name is Irv Gordon, not Irving.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats on the milestone.
      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way to go Irv, congrats
      alaskakaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      They had a nice little event at Volvo in Anchorage with Irv and his P1800. I got the shirt and the patch...took a few pics. There was a brochure on all of his adventures, TV appearances, etc. Seems very legitimate and it's nuts to think about owning a car that long, let alone driving it 3 million miles.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love people who actually drives their classic cars, rather than keeping it storage forever.
      PETER
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats to Irv. A real nice guy. I wish I was with you on the trip with my long gone "72E.
      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here is to hoping that the new upcoming Volvo Coupe is as beautiful and long lasting. I would love to fall in love with a car and keep it 20 years and have it return the favor by being reliable and honest. Still have not found that car, longest I have had a car is 4.5 years my current one.
        dearest rat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        I'm curious to see how well the electronic gizmos function 20 years from now
      ThatsHowIRoll
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way to go Irv! Now stop foolin' around, you're only three quarters of the way to four million.
      stevenb257
      • 1 Year Ago
      1966 Volvo 3000000 miles ? 175 miles a day every single day for 47 years ? who shot kennedy ? did man really land on the moon ? I wonder
        tyldyl12
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stevenb257
        Just saw him on GMA. He better get back to driving if he's going for 175 today!
        • 5 Months Ago
        @stevenb257
        I have seen the vehicle it is fully documented he is a regular at all the Volvo meets. It is a testament to what regular maintenance and high build quality can do
      Claud
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still don't believe it.......Do the math as they say......To travel 1,000,000 it would take 200 round trips between between Los Angeles to NYC.....(LA TO NYC is 2778 driving miles).......So 3,000,000 miles would be 600 round trips............... I don't buy it...................
        dearest rat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Claud
        I'm sure the Guinness Book of World Records took him on his word alone.
        protovici
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Claud
        Look how often semi's travel per year or how much driving a long haul trucker does. Seems you can get that high in millage fairly quickly.
        cindi
        • 29 Days Ago
        @Claud

        Claud, I know the man I had him as a teacher in 1975, He's the real deal! get over yourself!

        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Claud
        I would require gas receipts as proof. He should have purchased around 150,000 gallons of gas. Just writing down that you drove somewhere for example, even though its logged, is hardly proof. And odometers mean nothing.
        ishmaelcrowley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Claud
        I would like to see his log book. I don't see any mention of it. Does he drive for a living? Traveling salesman etc? There's not much background I could see.
      Serj
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ive seen a documentary about this guy....hes replaced every single part of the car since hes owned it. So how can it be considered that it has 3 million miles when none of the parts are original? The engine has been rebuilt many times as well...
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Serj
        and what parts do you think would or should be original on a 47 year old car with 3 million miles on it?
        ThatsHowIRoll
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Serj
        Not true. From other articles he has had two engine rebuilds, one transmission rebuild. The differential has never been apart. Those old B18/B20 Volvo engines have larger main and rod bearings than a small block Chevy - bigger in both width and diameter. They are -very- overbuilt. Not so good for going fast, excellent for being indestructible.
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Serj
        I have been following the car for many years the engine block, transmission and rear end are still numbers matching I have several articles on this car and have meet the owner several times over the years at various volvo meets 90 percent of the parts are original Sorry
      Kyngfish
      • 1 Year Ago
      So I assume he has rebuilt the engine and transmission at least once or twice right?
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