Irv Gordon tops 3-million mile mark in his Volvo P1800

By Bob Nagy on September 20, 2013 10:32 AM

Racking up stats that would be the envy of most frequent flyer program members, Irv Gordon has become the first - and likely the last - individual to accumulate 3 million miles behind the wheel of the same car. Gordon, a 74-year old ex-science teacher from New York set the new distance benchmark earlier this week while motoring down Alaska's Seward Highway in a cherry 1966 Volvo P1800 that he purchased new. 

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Having reached the million-mile plateau in 1987, Gordon continued on his quest to secure the perpetual top spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle. That honor came in 1998 when he and his P1800 eclipsed the 1.69-million mile mark. From there on, every outing represented a new best-in-history distance total for this ultimate road-tripping duo, and according to Gordon, there's no end in sight. 

"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."

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"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."

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