Irv Gordon Joins Sunday Breakfast Run, Oct. 2010

As I continue to cycle through my photo files in search of automotive adventures which haven’t yet made their way into a blog post , I came across this gem. In October of 2010, we had a breakfast run which for the first and only time included our friend Irv Gordon, driving his Volvo 1800S no less.

Irv informs me he’s ready for breakfast

Irv, for those few who may not be familiar, holds the Guinness World Record for number of miles recorded on a privately-owned passenger car (he eventually surpassed 3 million miles). Many of us employed at Volvo Cars North America (VCNA) got to know Irv professionally, and once you know Irv, it’s difficult not to also know him personally. A large part of Irv’s success was due to his outgoing personality, good-natured warmth, and delight in sharing stories about his beloved Volvo sports car, which he bought new in 1966.

The shadows reveal how early in the morning we gathered on this sunny October Sunday

Driving from his Long Island home to northern Jersey for a one-hour ride to breakfast would be the equivalent for most of us to driving to the corner store for coffee. But join us he did, and I would guess that he knew most of the fellow participants already. The photos reveal just how small the Sunday morning breakfast group was at this time. It was great to have Irv out with us; while he was regularly invited to join subsequent breakfast drives, he was never able to attend another one. His typical excuse? He was on the road, headed to some other event somewhere else in the USA.

Presumably after we’ve eaten, as we’re all smiling

We lost Irv in 2018, and his Volvo is now housed within the Volvo Car USA Heritage Collection.

John and his C3 Corvette

 

Peter and his C3 Corvette

 

Paul and his ’69 Camaro

 

Burton and his C1 Corvette

 

Rich and son with his Mustang

 

Larry with his Monte Carlo

 

Steve and son with his Malibu

 

Irv with his ’66 Volvo 1800S

 

All photographs copyright © 2022 Richard A. Reina. Photos may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Irv Gordon Joins Sunday Breakfast Run, Oct. 2010

  1. Nice retrospective. I hope Irv didn’t feel out of place! When you told him that you were going on a breakfast drive with a bunch of Volvo folks, he probably didn’t expect they would all be driving Detroit iron (and Kentucky fiberglass). Having met him a few times, I’m sure he had no trouble fitting in.

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