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.” North to Alaska – Irv Gordon finally did it in the last frontier state , the wild, vast and beautiful Alaska. Reaching 3 million miles in his trust Volvo 1800S corresponds to driving 120 laps around the world, at the equator.
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 big 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. It is a world record that can never be challengted, no one will ever be able to beat it, and it will stand forever 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.