A new world record with each passing mile
JOHANNESBURG — Irvin “Irv” Gordon (76) was recently in South Africa to film a video about the special relationships that people have with their cars.
While there, he took the opportunity to speak to locals about how to care for their cars and keep them running for longer.
Irv is certainly an expert in this area; the retired science teacher from New York is the current world record holder for the most miles driven by a single owner of a non-commercial vehicle.
Along with his 1966 Volvo P1800S, Gordon has driven well over three million miles.
When he purchased his new Volvo in 1966 it arrived filled with Castrol motor oil. Irv has used the same oil ever since.
His Volvo, which still has the original engine and gearbox, has driven a remarkable distance that’s equivalent to 127 laps around the world, or six roundtrips to the Moon and back!
And he’s still going strong, setting a new world record with each passing mile.
“Irv has reached some incredible milestones using Castrol products,” said David Bouet, Castrol Africa managing director. “Castrol GTX aims to extend engine life and in Irv’s case, the product has absolutely delivered on its promise.
“Irv has been a great supporter of our brand and we look forward to continuing the journey together.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed driving around the world in this car over the past 50 years, during which time Castrol has been with me for every curve in the road. It’s terrific stuff,” said Gordon.
Gordon is a big advocate for car maintenance and using the best quality products. In his recent film he speaks to likeminded South Africans to find out what maintenance and car care mean to them.
“I’ve had a great time in South Africa. It has been wonderful talking to people who love and take special care of their cars because they want to keep them for longer,” said Gordon.
Over the past 50 years Gordon has racked up more than a few stories from the road.
He’s used over 427 330 litres of petrol, 3 290 litres of Castrol oil and performed 907 oil changes. He has driven more than 170 000 km per year since retiring in 1996, his Volvo’s odometer currently stands at 3 175 995 miles (5 111 268 km) and he has no intention of slowing down. — Supplied.
Irv Gordon (76) and his 5,1 million km 1966 Volvo P1800S.