A new world record with each pass­ing mile

The Witness - Wheels - - VETERANS -

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.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Irv Gor­don (76) and his 5,1 mil­lion km 1966 Volvo P1800S.

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