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Man And His Three Million Mile Car

Talk about getting bang for your buck. Long Island native Irv Gordon purchased a cherry red Volvo back in 1966, and, he's been driving it ever since. Gordon now holds the Guinness World Record for the most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle. That record gets his some press.

"The car every once in a while gets put into a magazine or into a newspaper. Every once in a while somebody takes an interest in it. And when I'm driving down the highway people go by and they honk and they put their thumbs up as they go by or stick their camera out the car and take a picture of me driving along. It's kind of a nice feeling. 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 and was that the car they saw in a magazine and how's the car doing and so on and so on and its terrific. Before you know it, you've got new friends all over the country."

And Gordon takes his car on his travels. He's driven his car all over Europe and Australia:

"When I brought the car to Sweden, I asked if there was any rush to bring the car home and they said 'no,' so I drove the car to the UK and Denmark, and Germany and France and Holland. I have friends in a couple of those places and I stopped off to see them. Because of the car, I got invited to go to Australia and drive, not my car, but the oldest Volvo in Australia from Perth to a town called Geelong which is about the distance between Los Angeles and Atlanta, Georgia. So I got a chance to drive across the outback all because of my car," he recalls.

However, Gordon says he's just a simple guy, who likes to drive his car.

"I was a middle school science teacher - I knew a little bit about mechanics, after 46 years I know my car pretty well," he says. "I just try to keep it presentable. It's a road car it's not a show car, but it's a pretty car. Who wants to drive a car with dents all in it, so I do my best to keep it neat."

How has Gordon kept his car for so long? He says it's all about maintenance.

"It's a piece of machinery. It can't service itself, it can't take care of itself, so it depends on your ability to drive and drive properly and the service you give the car. If you treat it right, it will last for a very, very long time. It's a lot cheaper to maintain a car than it is to buy a car. So here's a perfect example. I've done the best I can to keep the car running properly and it seems to work."

Gordon is traveling to Alaska to drive his three millionth mile. He thinks his car is up to the task.

"I drive the car all year round. I have snow tires on the car right now. I didn't know what I was gonna experience up here in Anchorage, but I'm ready for it. I drive the car all winter long, all summer long, I don't have a garage, the car sits outside, it's been outside for 47 years and I live a half a block from the ocean."

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