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Gordon’s small, red two-door has well more than 2 million miles on the odometer, the equivalent of nearly 1,176 times across the globe.
The retired schoolteacher from Long Island hopes to reach the 3 million mile mark by next year. He only has 34,000 miles to go.
“It’s just a car I enjoy driving,” he said.
He bought his beloved car on June 30, 1966, for $4,150 at the age of 25. “It was a whole year’s salary,” he said.
“It was $10 extra, and at that time, $10 was a lot. But an AM/FM radio was a big deal,” he said.
Gordon’s car has just enough room for him and his essentials. His front bumper is filled with pins of his mileage achievements. Even his license plate says “MILNMILER.” And his trunk overflows with the many car parts he thinks he might need when on the road.
“I have a set of everything,” he said. “If I have it, then I am not going to need it.”
Gordon has been taking road trips since he was a kid and continued through his adult years. He says he would just tell his family to pack their things and hit the road. Gordon’s two daughters went on his road trips until they outgrew the tiny red car.
“They just couldn’t fit in the back anymore. That is when I bought the station wagon,” he explained. “Volvo, of course.”
His odometer doesn’t have enough digits to display the actual mileage, but Gordon has tune-up records verifying it.
Now divorced, Gordon takes road trips alone. With trips to Montreal, Texas and Michigan in just the last month, the last leg of his trip should not be too hard. It took him 21 years to reach the first million miles and 15 more years to reach 2 million. Gordon averages 85,000 to 100,000 miles per year. Most of his trips are for auto shows, but he also takes trips across the country just for a good cup of coffee.
“I have had coffee in every state,” Gordon said. “I am my own travel channel.”
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