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With the holidays quickly approaching, now’s the time to starting planning for all those road trips you’ll be making to see friends and family. And nobody knows the benefits of planning for a road tip like Irv Gordon.
Gordon, a 70-year old retired science teacher from Long Island, is known for his 1966 Volvo P1800 that took Guinness Book of World Records honors as the highest mileage non-commercial vehicle driven by a single owner (2.8 million miles).
He encourages drivers to be alert on the roads this holiday season. “The holiday season means more people are driving to places to which they are not familiar and are in their cars for lengths of time to which they are not conditioned,” said Gordon. “Planning and diligence are key to ensuring a safe holiday road trip and that families reach the destination we all seek, a Happy New Year.”
See after the jump for five tips for safe holiday road trip driving from the master of road trips:
The Guinness Book of Records holder for most miles driven by a single owner in a passenger car is setting his sights on passing 3 million miles in his 1966 Volvo P1800 as he approaches his 70th birthday.
Irv Gordon, a retired science teacher from New York state, broke the record in 1998 by driving 1.69 million miles. Gordon had a 125 mile commute and was maintained his vehicle relentlessly. Most of the components, including the engine, are all original.
“Three million miles by my 73nd birthday sounds right,” Gordon said. “But, whether I reach that mark is more up to me than it is the car. The car’s parts have long proven they can take it, but I’m not so sure about my own. Either way, it will be a fantastic testament to the engineering genius of Volvo as well as to the resiliency of folks my age.
Gordon wants to ensure he hits 3 million miles to ensure that his record remains unbroken long after he’s gone. ”Three million miles is an iron clad number that I’d like to think sits right up there with DiMaggio’s consecutive game hitting streak. Who’s going to beat that? No one.”
[Source: Volvo ]
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