This Guy Has Driven 3M Miles in 1966 Volvo

74-year-old sets new record in Alaska

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 23, 2013 6:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – When Irv Gordon, 74, had driven his 1966 Volvo P1800 1.69 million miles, he set a record; now, he's made a new mark in the Guinness Book. The Long Island man has as of Sept. 17 driven the car 3 million miles, the highest mileage in history by a single driver in one vehicle, Discovery reports. He hit the milestone on the Seward Highway in Alaska—leaving Hawaii as the only state he has never visited in the car—to celebrate. Gordon says in a press release: "I never had a goal to get to 1 million, to 2 million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo," whether he was making his 125-mile round-trip commute or exploring Europe.

To put the feat in perspective: That's like driving from New York to LA, and back, 537 times. That's not the only neat number attached to the car. AOL Autos reports that it's also been to nine countries, stopped at 800 Waffle Houses, driven in 105-degree heat in Kansas City, and been in 11 accidents in its 47 years. The former middle-school science teacher, who makes sure to keep his vehicle in top condition, tells MyFoxPhilly.com that his car has started to develop celebrity status. "If I stop for gas some place or I stop for a cup of coffee, people will pull up next to me and ask about the car. Before you know it, you've got new friends all over the country." Not to mention your own website at Volvo, which also gave him a new vehicle for each of his 1 million and 2 million milestones. Those cars currently have 460,000 and 116,000 on the odometer, respectively. (Click for the story of another wild Guinness record.)

Irv Gordon's Volvo P1800 in Babylon, NY, Monday, July 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Irv Gordon poses for a picture in his Volvo P1800 in Babylon, NY, Monday, July 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Irv Gordon laughs while being interviewed in his Volvo P1800 in Babylon, NY, Monday, July 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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