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Jake Holmes

Jake Holmes

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Jake Holmes
It was clear from an early age that I had an affinity for cars. As a child I would spend hours arranging toy cars in elaborate races on the living room floor, and once spent time on a vacation in France reading the owner's manual to my parents' Ford Mondeo. The first auto show I attended was in Birmingham; after moving to Michigan I began attending the Detroit auto show almost every year. I couldn't wait to take driver's ed., get my driver's license at age 16, and tirelessly polish my slightly rusty first car.

By the time I entered the University of Michigan, I had decided I wanted to pursue journalism and began writing for the student paper. But I also had an internship at Car and Driver, and quickly realized that cars were the only thing I was truly interested in reporting on. After all, countless teachers and professors had passed on the wisdom that you should, "Write what you know." I pursued that interest after graduation and managed to land a job at Automobile Magazine, just down the street from where I'd studied for the prior four years.

Fast forward to today, and I've been fortunate enough to attend auto shows on three different continents. I've learned to drive sports cars like a Fiat 500 Abarth on a race track, and spent a week eking mileage out of a Nissan Leaf electric car.

Although I love driving new cars, one of my favorite parts of this job is having the opportunity to meet the people responsible for those cars. Whether it's the executives speaking at launches or engineers revealing tech secrets at auto shows, I love being able to get a feel for how things work behind the scenes.

The most surprising part about this job is that I've become the de facto go-to for friends or family members who have questions or want advice about cars. Surprisingly enough, not everybody I talk to wants to buy a two-seat sports car.

articles by Jake Holmes

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News & Rumors

NHTSA Endorses Vehicle-to Vehicle Tech for Future Cars

Government agency will eventually require V2V systems.
| Aug 20, 2014
2014 honda accord sport
News & Rumors

2015 Honda Accord Adds Equipment, Prices Increase $150

Popular sedan, coupe see changes for new model year.
| Aug 20, 2014
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1965 Ford Mustang Sylvania Zevo LED Sealed Beam Headlights
News & Rumors

Sylvania Launches Zevo LED Retrofit Headlights

Sealed-beam replacements fit Mustangs, Jeeps, Miatas.
| Aug 19, 2014
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Rolls Royce Wraith in Forza Motorsports 5
News & Rumors

Rolls-Royce Wraith Joins Forza Motorsport 5

Race the ultra-luxury coupe on your Xbox.
| Aug 12, 2014
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Chrysler Employees John Nigro and Scott Kunselman
News & Rumors

Chrysler Establishes Vehicle Safety Office

Also names new product development head.
| Aug 12, 2014
Jaguar Lightweight E Type
News & Rumors

Rebuilt Jaguar Lightweight E-Type Coupe Debuts At Pebble Beach

Six hand-built cars to finish the "Special GT E-Type" project.
| Aug 11, 2014
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2015 McLaren 650S Sprint
News & Rumors

2015 McLaren 650S Sprint Heads to Pebble Beach

Track-focused supercar has fire extinguisher, bucket seats.
| Aug 11, 2014
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2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo
News & Rumors

2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Price Falls $1030 to $42,800

Standard 370Z coupe sticker unchanged at $30,800.
| Aug 11, 2014
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2015 Chrysler 300 Spied
News & Rumors

2015 Chrysler 300 Spied

SRT variant still in the works?
| Aug 08, 2014
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Mclaren P1 by MSO
News & Rumors

Customized McLaren P1 Heads to Pebble Beach

McLaren Special Operations tweaked the P1 and the 650 Spider.
| Aug 07, 2014
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2015 Mercedes Benz C400 4Matic
Road Tests

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

The well-balanced sporty luxury sedan.
| Aug 07, 2014
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SCCA Starting Line Driving School
Long-Term Tests

2014 Ford Fiesta ST – Breaking it In

This hot hatch feels right at home at the autocross and on the track.
| Aug 06, 2014
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2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S
Road Tests

2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S: Around The Block

Should you go traditional coupe or droptop?
| Aug 01, 2014
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