Irv Gordon of Long Island will hit 3 million mark miles in his Volvo P1800 today
The first person to drive three million miles in the same car will reach the ultimate driving milestone on the Alaska Seward Highway
Visit www.3MillionReasons.com to follow his journey and submit your reason for endorsing
ROCKLEG, NJ (September 17, 2013) – Today, 74-year-old retired science teacher Irv Gordon will reach a milestone no one else has accomplished in more than 100 years of automobile manufacturing: driving three million miles in the same car – a bright cherry red 1966 Volvo P1800.
To mark the occasion, Gordon will drive three million miles today on Seward Highway – Alaska Highway 1 – along the Turnagain Arm. “The Last Frontier” is one of two US states that Gordon has not visited before and a fitting backdrop to this historic, record-breaking feat. Video footage of Gordon’s memorable moment can be seen later this week at 3MillionReasons.com.
“It’s not about reaching three million miles; it’s about traveling three million miles,” Gordon said. “I never had a goal of getting to a million, to two million. I enjoyed driving and experiencing life with my Volvo.”
“At Volvo we salute Erf and his Volvo car,” said John Maloney, President and CEO of Volvo Cars North America. “The spirited red P1800 is an extraordinary testament to reliability, durability, safety and intelligent design that honors all Volvo cars past and present.” “His P1800 is the living embodiment of what Volvo cars are all around you.”
To celebrate Gordon’s accomplishments, Volvo Cars North America (VCNA) has launched a special campaign called “3 Million Reasons to Believe,” which invites people around the world to visit 3MillionReasons.com to follow Erf’s incredible journey, and explore his favorite road trips. And share their own reasons for believing.
“The best way to explore America is by car,” Gordon added. “I challenge everyone to come out and see as much as they can. Find your journey and your reason to believe because you only have one life to live. And no matter how many ways I’ve gone, there’s always a road I haven’t taken. That’s what makes it exciting.”
“I bought my Volvo P1800 on Friday and immediately fell in love,” Gordon recalls. “I couldn’t stop driving. It was a weekend, and I got the car back to the dealer the following Monday for a 1500 mile service.”
With a daily round trip of 125 miles, a keen dedication to vehicle maintenance and a passion for driving, Gordon covered 500,000 miles in 10 years. In 1987, he celebrated his one millionth driving mile in a loop around the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. In 1998 with 1.69 million miles, Gordon made the Guinness Book of Records for most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle. In 2002, he drove the two million-mile car down Times Square to international media attention. Since then, Gordon has broken the record every time he drives his famous car.
As Gordon heads about three million miles, he notes, “I realize this is going to be a record that no one will break, and I’ve been especially emotional with these last few trips in beautiful Alaska. I enjoyed the vast scenery, the drive through the long tunnel to Prince William Sound / Whittier and a visit to the Alaskan 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’m going to keep driving my Volvo P1800 to auto shows and taking cross-country trips. Not much will change. But whether I drive four million miles is more up to me than the car. The car might be able to handle it, but I I’m not sure.”
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