In October 2010, the Chief extolled 70-year-old American Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800 with which he had traveled around 2.8 million miles (or roughly 4.5 million kilometers). As it so happens, Gordon, now 74 years old, has finally crossed the 3-million-mile mark (4.8 million kilometers) on a drive along the Seward Highway in Alaska, one of two US states Gordon has never visited "and a fitting backdrop for this historic, record-breaking achievement."
"It's not about getting to the three-million miles; it's about the trips that got me to the three-million miles," said Gordon as he set off on his journey. "I never had a goal to get to one million, to two million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo."
Gordon bought the car brand-new in 1966, supposedly on a holiday weekend. The following Monday, the car was already back in the dealership he bought it from for its 1,500-mile service, claiming that he couldn't stop driving the car.
With a 125-mile round-trip daily commute, dedication to vehicle maintenance and a passion for driving, Gordon and his Volvo logged 500,000 miles in 10 years. In 1987, he celebrated his one-millionth mile by driving a loop around the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. In 1998, and with 1.69 million miles in the car's odometer, Gordon made the Guinness Book Of World Records for the 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.
"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," Gordon said as he and his car crossed the three-millionth mile. "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 to the car. The car may be able to take it, but I'm not so sure about me."
Do you think your car can last as long as Gordon's classic Volvo?