Retired schoolteacher Irvin Gordon has taken his passion of driving to a record-breaking level. With 34,000 miles left, the 72-year-old from Long Island hopes to hit the 3 millionth mile mark by next year in his reliable 1966 Volvo P1800S.
Gordon's 56-year-old small, red two-door has well more than 2 million miles on the odometer, the equivalent of nearly 1,176 times across the globe.
By 2002, he was already in the Guinness Book of Records for having the 'Highest Mileage on a Vehicle.'
Gordon said he bought the car new on June 30, 1966, for $4,150 at the age of 25. Back then he said, "it was a whole year's salary".
Gordon's car has just enough room for him and his essentials. His front bumper is filled with pins of his mileage achievements. Even his license plate says "MILNMILER." And his boot overflows with the many car parts he thinks he might need when on the road.
Now divorced, Gordon takes road trips alone. With trips to Montreal, Texas and Michigan in just the last month, the last leg of his trip should not be too hard.
It took him 21 years to reach the first million miles and 15 more years to reach 2 million. Gordon averages 85,000 to 100,000 miles per year. Most of his trips are for auto shows, but he also takes trips across the country just for a good cup of coffee.
If I see a sign that's interesting on the side of a road, I will take the time to look at it. Anything to see what the rest of the country has to offer [...] I have a feeling I'll be dead long before the car.
It is clear that Gordon loves his car and will not be getting rid of the Volvo before hitting the next land mark.