the Lepmobile!

Jim Taylor drivingiron at
Mon Jul 8 05:34:59 EDT 2002


I think this result is attributable to where you live. Last time I was in
Boston (for a son's wedding) traffic was such that slow-flying insects were
passing me.

Jim Taylor
----- Original Message -----
From: "Woody Woods" <woody.woods at>
To: "Leps-l" <Leps-l at>
Sent: Monday, July 08, 2002 1:36 AM
Subject: the Lepmobile!

> For thirteen years now I have been driving a 1989 Plymouth Reliant and
> maintained it in near showroom condition for 206,000 miles. I have been
> surprised how few bugs end up plastered to the windshield compared with
> other cars I have driven. Remember, this car was styled in sheer defiance
> everything we know about aerodynamics-- a modern Model T-- possibly
> explaining why small flying things are, with rare exceptions, tossed up in
> the air and over the roof. I have looked in the rearview mirror on these
> occasions when possible, and they don't seem to be sucked down behind the
> car.
> Or, maybe my car is just slower than a speeding insect!
> Am I on to something? Are Reliants the answer? (I suppose the best answer
> would be to leave even the Reliant parked; I do not seem to collect
> on my glasses when on foot.)
> Woody
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