Three Million Mile Motor: Car Fanatic Drives Into The Record Books


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COMM: King of the road Irvin Gordon has been driving his 1966 Volvo p1800 for 46 years 00:21
COMM: With a staggering 2,994,000 miles on the clock he is set to break the 3 million
mile barrier 00:35
IRVIN: My friends used to think I was slightly nuts but now they’re very impressed that the
car is getting the attention that its getting um they’re waiting to see it get the 3 million
miles also they’re very enthusiastic about it. 00:48
COMM: Irvin from Long Island, New York began his love affair with the volvo 1966 when he
laid eyes on the car for the first time. 00:56
IRVIN: Uh i payed $4,150 which was a whole year salary for me I put 1500 miles on the
car the first week and I earned it, I just couldn’t get out the car, I was having such
a good time, I just spent all Friday night, all Saturday, all day Sunday then came back
Monday for its 1500 mile checkup. 01:14
COMM: Driving an average of 60,000 miles a year the 70 year olds travels have taken him
all over America and even around the world. in 2009 the car received a Guinness World
Record for the highest vehicle milage clocking an access of 2,721,000 miles. 01:31
IRVIN: I’ve always liked driving everyone has to have a hobby, some people drink, some
people take drugs, driving is my drug of choice. 01:39
COMM: As you might expect all those miles required a lot of maintenance and work, today
Irv has payed for 157 oil changes, 120 lots of transmission fluid, 30 drive belts and
150 points and plugs, not to mention the thousands of dollars he’s spent on petrol 01:57
IRVIN: I like to drive so I could be spending it on I don’t know golf, bowling, I could
be doing whatever um I choose to spend my time at a gas station filling the car up 02:07
COMM: In just a few months time the car is expected to reach 3 million miles but after
46 years, Irv is finally ready to say goodbye so if you have a spare 3 million dollars in
the bank then this classic could be yours 02:20
IRVIN: Its for sale I’m entertaining offers at a dollar a mile, I like driving a new car
they have air conditioning and power and everything, power seats and heated seats, nice stereos
and all kinds off nifty equipment and all the things that my car doesn’t have. 02:34
COMM: But until he finds a buyer, Irv will continue hitting the highway and clocking
up more miles 02:40
IRVIN: A lot of those miles just add up and after 46 years of driving and driving and
driving, I’ve never gotten tired of this one and I still enjoy driving it.