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Secrets of the 2,000,000 Mile Volvo

Tue, 13 Aug 2002
Back in 1966, 24 year old science teacher Irv Gordon went out and bought a new Volvo P1800 Coupe, advertised around that time with the words, “Think of it as a souped-down Ferrari”. Now, 36 years and 2,000,000 miles later, Irv is bringing his car to Europe.

Irv will begin his tour in Sweden, taking part in Volvo’s 75th birthday celebrations before coming to Britain where he and his immaculate car will star in a special event at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon on Sunday 1st September. Volvo drivers get in free of charge. Others in the car will enjoy a £1 discount on admission. For more information about the event, telephone 01926 641188, or visit

Irv Gordon’s ten top tips for extending the life of a car are:-

·Start with a car you really like. “If you don’t like your car you’ll never go the distance.”
·Change your oil and filter regularly. “If there is any one maintenance activity that will extend the life of your car’s engine, this is it.”
·Use factory equipment parts. “They are definitely more compatible with your car. I believe in keeping my Volvo a Volvo.”
·Use one brand of oil. “Using one brand of oil assures uniform quality.”
·Spend a few minutes a week checking under the bonnet. “Even the most mechanically challenged car owners can look for low fluid levels or deterioration of belts and hoses.”
·Wash your car regularly. “A clean car gives you an excellent opportunity to look for small nicks and scratches.”
·Wax at least twice a year. “It provides protection against oxidation and rust.”
·Develop a good relationship with your dealer and mechanic. “Both are your partners in the long run.”
·Use petrol from a high volume station. “Without heavy traffic petrol remains in storage units for long periods of time.”
·When your car makes a funny noise, listen to it. “The longer you wait the greater potential for damage.”

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