VOLVO: JUNE FOR SAFETY - 3
Gordon, first person to drive two million miles in the same car - a 1966 Volvo P1800 - says patience, awareness and tune-ups are keys to safe driving
IRVINE, CA (June 18, 2003) –– The first three things Irv Gordon did 37 years ago after purchasing a shiny red 1966 Volvo P1800 were adjust his seat, check the mirrors and buckle up. After driving that same car more than 2.1 million miles, the 61-year-old native of Long Island, New York still abides by these rules.
Gordon gained worldwide notoriety last year by becoming the first person to drive two million miles in the same car. He takes delight in driving his Volvo to Philadelphia for lunch, Boston for dinner and Los Angeles for the fun of it.
Reaching his milestone has had less to do with good fortune than it has had to do with driving with patience and awareness and scheduling regular tune-ups on his car. With Volvo Cars of North America declaring the month “June for Safety Month,” Gordon offers these safe-driving tips to fellow drivers:
Gordon purchased his P1800 in June 1966 from a neighborhood Volvo dealership for $4,150. His 125-mile daily commute to and from work, his passion for driving and his meticulous care for his car enabled him to clock the miles. In 1998, The Guinness Book of World Records honored Gordon’s car as the vehicle with the “highest certified mileage driven by the original owner in non-commercial service.” Gordon breaks his own world record every time he drives his celebrated car.
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