He did it! - Irv Gordon reaches 3 million miles in his 1966 Volvo 1800S
On September 18, million-miler Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo 1800S finally reached their phenomenal goal of hitting the 3 million miles mark – the same distance as 120 laps around the world. They did it near the village of Hope, on the Seward Highway, south of Anchorage in the state of Alaska; the one remaining state where Irv and his famous car had not been together until now.
”It was all rather undramatic,” said Irv. ”We just cruised along and I kept an eye on the odometer in order not to miss the great moment”. At 4.00PM on September 18, the meter ticked over, indicating that Irv and his Volvo had finally achieved those dreamed-of three million miles that they set out to reach many years ago.
“But it has really not been about just getting to the three million miles; it’s more about the trips that got me to the three million miles and what I have experienced getting there,” Irv continues. “I never had a goal to get to one million, to two million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo.”
A true love affair
Irv Gordon bought his Volvo 1800 S on a Friday back in 1966 and immediately fell in love. He simply couldn’t stop driving the car – it was a holiday weekend – and brought the car back to the dealership the following Monday for its 1,500-mile service. With a 125-mile round-trip daily commute, a fanatical dedication to vehicle maintenance and a passion for driving, Gordon logged 500,000 miles in 10 years. In 1987, he celebrated his one-millionth mile driving a loop around the Tavern on the Green in Central Park and in 2002, he drove the car's two-millionth mile down Times Square to international media attention. Since then, Gordon has broken his record every time he drives his celebrated car.
A solid world record
For the 3 million mile record, the car was transported on board a covered truck to Alaska and Irv followed by plane. A few days of driving around got the meter closer to the magic mark and the highway leading to the beautiful Seward peninsula was chosen for the occasion. 3,000,000 miles is by far the longest mileage one man and one and the same car have reached together and this world record is included in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Volvo Cars and Volvo Cars Heritage proudly express their congratulations to an outstanding achievement, done by an outstanding gentleman and his outstanding car! This is by far the best proof of Volvo quality, longevity and reliability one could possibly ask for. And Irv Gordon is the man who has done it.
Long Island’s Irv Gordon to Reach Three Million Mile Mark in his Volvo P1800 Today
First Person to Drive Three Million Miles in Same Car Will Reach Ultimate Driving Milestone on Alaska’s Seward Highway
Visit www.3MillionReasons.com to Follow His Journey and Submit Your Reason to Believe
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Sept. 17, 2013) – Today, 74-year-old Long Island native and retired science teacher Irv Gordon will reach a milestone no other individual has accomplished in more than 100 years of automobile manufacturing: driving three million miles in the same vehicle – a shiny, cherry red 1966 Volvo P1800.
To mark the occasion, Gordon will drive his three millionth mile today on the Seward Highway – Alaska Highway 1 – along the Turnagain Arm. The “Last Frontier” is one of two U.S. states Gordon has never visited and a fitting backdrop for this historic, record-breaking achievement. Video footage of Gordon’s milestone moment can be viewed later this week at 3MillionReasons.com.
“It’s not about getting to the three million miles; it’s about the trips that got me to the three million miles,” Gordon said. “I never had a goal to get to one million, to two million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo.”
“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,” said John Maloney, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “His P1800 is the living embodiment that Volvos are designed around you.”
As a celebration of Gordon’s achievement, Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) launched a special campaign called “3 Million Reasons to Believe,” that invites people around the world to visit 3MillionReasons.com to follow Irv’s remarkable journey, explore his favorite road trips and share their own reason to believe.
“The best way to explore America is by car,” Gordon added. “I challenge everyone to go out and see as much as possible. Find your own journey and reason to believe because you only have one life to live. No matter how many roads I’ve been on, there’s always one I haven’t taken. That’s what makes it exciting.”
“I bought my Volvo P1800 on a Friday and immediately fell in love,” Gordon recalled. “I couldn’t stop driving the car. It was a holiday weekend, and I brought the car back to the dealership the following Monday for its 1,500-mile service.”
With a 125-mile round-trip daily commute, a fanatical dedication to vehicle maintenance and a passion for driving, Gordon logged 500,000 miles in 10 years. In 1987, he celebrated his one-millionth mile driving a loop around the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. In 1998 with 1.69 million miles, Gordon made the Guinness Book of World Records for 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 to international media attention. Since then, Gordon has broken is record every time he drives his celebrated car.
As Gordon rolls to his three-millionth mile, he notes, “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. I’ve enjoyed the expansive landscape, a drive through the long tunnel to Prince William Sound/Whittier and a visit to the Alaska 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’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 the car. The car may be able to take it, but I’m not so sure about me.”
Thed Björk and Volvo Polestar Racing secure 2013 STCC titles
Thed Björk and Volvo Polestar Racing were crowned Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) champions during the penultimate race weekend of 2013 at Tierp Arena. The 2013 STCC title is Volvo's fourth for drivers and fifth for manufacturers since the start of STCC in 1996.
"This is my best ever title! The feelings right now are not describable, it is just so nice after all the hard work during the year. Huge thanks to my engineer Jan Andersson and my mechanics that always deliver a perfect car to me," said Björk.
"We have raced in STCC for 16 years and Thed's title is definitely one of our very best. To secure the titles today after a hard and fair fight with BMW is extra nice. Everyone in Volvo Polestar Racing have done an amazing job this year," said Derek Crabb, Executive Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
The race at Tierp Arena was eventful where Björk started from pole position and crossed the line in third as the two BMW drivers Richard Göransson and Fredrik Larsson had battled their way past.
The fight was hard throughout the field where Linus Ohlsson and Fredrik Ekblom fought their way to fifth and sixth position respectively, only one second separated the two over the finishing line.
"I didn't have a car to fight for the top today unfortunately, that is obviously a disappointment. But we had a good fight in the race that was good fun and I am happy over the points I got today," said Ohlsson.
"Things just wasn't there for me this weekend. The race was tough, but I managed to gain four places which is a bonus of course. I am looking forward to the season final at Mantorp Park, a track suiting me much better," said Ekblom.
Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte secured a points finish for the fourth time this year with tenth position in the race today.
"The race was hard with a lot of incidents. But I improved my best lap time from qualifying to the race, so I am continuing to make progress and learn. That is the important thing and to score new points is something I am happy over of course," said Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte.
Robert Dahlgren had a tough race where he first was penalized for rolling a couple of centimeters before the lights went to green and later retired from the race due to gearbox problems.
"There isn't too much to say, the speed was there, but we had no luck. I lost important points in the fight for second with Göransson unfortunately, so I have to go all in for the final," said Dahlgren.
The STCC 2013 season final is held in two weeks at Mantorp Park where Volvo Polestar Racing arrives as STCC champions for both drivers and manufacturers.
Results - Tierp Arena
1 Richard Göransson BMW SR 32 laps
2 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR +0.475
3 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +5.326
4 Daniel Haglöf Saab 9-3 +10.590
5 Linus Ohlsson Volvo S60 +18.090
6 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +19.882
7 Jocke Mangs Citroën C5 +20.357
8 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE +32.592
9 Alexander Graff Saab 9-3 +33.303
10 Carl Philip Bernadotte Volvo S60 +49.254
11 Roger Samuelsson Saab 9-3 +2 laps
12 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 DNF
13 Alx Danielsson Citroën C5 DNF
14 Tomas Engström Honda Civic DNF
220 Thed Björk
159 Richard Göransson
128 Robert Dahlgren
120 Fredrik Ekblom
106 Linus Ohlsson
105 Fredrik Larsson
59 Daniel Haglöf
51 Mattias Andersson
46 Jocke Mangs
30 Robin Rudholm
10 Tomas Engström
10 Roar Lindland
9 Carl Philip Bernadotte
8 Alexander Graff
4 Alx Danielsson
3 Niclas Olsson
1 Fredrik Magnusson
Calendar STCC 2013
07/09 Tierp Arena*
21/09 Mantorp Park**
* = One race
** = Two races