Million Mile Joe LoCicero and the Legacy of True Blue
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Million Mile Joe LoCicero and the Legacy of True Blue

Joe LoCicero of Norway, Maine won a 2012 Honda Accord for driving his 1990 Accord to a million miles.

In late October of 2011, Joe LoCicero of Norway, Maine, a man who has come to be known as “Million Mile Joe”, drove his 1990 Honda Accord “True Blue” to the mark of 1 million miles. Million Mile Joe’s journey was famously documented on Honda’s Facebook page with an application where Joe’s daily miles were updated with a rolling digital odometer. Page viewers could offer encouragement to Joe or tell of their own stories.

In total, Joe’s Accord, which was 21 years old at the time, netted an average of approximately 47,619 miles per year. In actuality, since Joe bought the car in 1996 with 74,000 miles on it, Joe’s true yearly average was over 66,000 miles. Joe drives 4.5 times further than the average driver in a year! LoCicero described himself as a “human ping pong ball” when asked to justify the miles he racks up, since his job requires him to visit auto dealerships all over the state of Maine.

Although LoCicero’s achievement is certainly notable, and it was done in a state that salts its roads heavily (which is murder in the form of rust to old cars), Joe cannot be described as an average driver. For one thing, Joe, who holds ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certifications, did almost all of the work on his car. Also, no average driver can rack up such a huge amount of miles so quickly! In 2010, when I felt like I was on the road constantly, I only managed to reach 32,000 miles, despite a ridiculous 4 month period of 14,000 miles.

Although Million Mile Joe’s achievement cannot be discounted as anything but incredible, it is undeniable that it would be even more incredible for an average driver to reach such a milestone. Why? This would take about 50 years. I own a 1991 Accord of similar construction to Joe’s Honda, and you can still go down to your local auto parts store and find any part you want for the car. After 30 years, this is not the case. After 35 years, most examples of cars have been crushed by junk yards. Maintaining a car for 50 years would take some doing!

Joe’s hometown certainly thought that Joe’s achievement was incredible enough! A parade was hosted in his honor, and he was given the keys to a brand new 2012 Honda Accord. See the parade below. Thus, the rumor that an automaker will give you a new car if you put a million miles on one is no longer a rumor.

 

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quite an interesting story

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