Irv Gordon's Volvo P1800 Reaches 3 Million Mile Mark

By | September 19, 2013
Today, retired science teacher and Long Island native Irv Gordon will hit the 3 million mile mark in his cherry red 1966 Volvo P1800. There is no question that hitting the three million mile mark is a huge accomplishment, but it's hard to visualize just how many miles that actually is. You can travel to the moon and back six times and still not even hit three million miles. If that doesn't put it into perspective enough, Irv Gordon has traveled the equivalent of driving around the world 120 times. If that isn't impressive, I don't know what is. To mark this milestone, Gordon will drive over the 3 million mark on the Seward Highway, or Alaska Highway 1, along the Turnagain Arm. Gordon chose this location as Alaska is one of only two states that he has yet to visit and feels it's an appropriate backdrop to his achievement. "It's not about getting to the three million miles; it's about the trips that got me to the three million miles. I never had a goal to get to one million, to two million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo," said Gordon in a recent interview. Volvo has marked this special occasion with a new campaign called "3 Million Reasons to Believe," which invites people to go to to follow Gordon's achievement as he talks about his favorite road trips and to share their own stories.
Gordon celebrated his first million miles in 1987 with a driving loop around the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. He set a Guinness world record in 1988 with 1.69 million miles on his P1800 for the most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle. To celebrate his second million miles, Gordon drove down Times Square. "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. His P1800 is the living embodiment that Volvos are designed around you," said John Maloney, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. Source: Volvo