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Jake Holmes

Jake Holmes

Associate Web Editor
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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

Nissan Note Self Cleaning Car Prototype Hood
News & Rumors

Nissan Demonstrates Dirt-Repellant Car Paint

Neither dirt nor water sticks to the Ultra-Ever Dry coating.
Apr 24, 2014
Dodge and Motley Crue Chance to Be Bad Giveaway
News & Rumors

2015 Dodge Charger, Challenger Up For Grabs In Motley Crue Contest

Fans can meet the band and score a new car.
Apr 23, 2014
2013 BMW X1 February Update
Long-Term Tests

2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i - The Wintry City

A second snowy drive to Chicago.
Apr 23, 2014
2015 Subaru Wrx Sti Front Video
News & Rumors

Feature Flick: 2015 Subaru WRX STI Tested On Track

Is the 305-hp STI any faster than last year's version?
Apr 22, 2014
Jeep Cherokee Sageland Design Concept
News & Rumors

Jeep To Build New Models In China

GAC-Fiat will build Jeeps in Guangzhou.
Apr 21, 2014
Lincoln MKX Concept Teaser Photo
News & Rumors

Lincoln Teases New Crossover On Facebook

Car follows MKZ, MKC in Lincoln's new model rollout.
Apr 18, 2014
2015 Jaguar XKR Final Fifty Convertible
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Jaguar XK Final Fifty Limited Edition Is The Car's Swan Song

Special XKR debuts for last year of XK production.
Apr 18, 2014
2014 Maserati Granturismo MC Centennial Edition Coupe Convertible From Above
2014 New York Auto Show

2014 Maserati GranTurismo, GranCabrio MC Gain Centennial Editions

Package celebrates Maserati's 100th birthday.
Apr 16, 2014
2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback
2014 New York Auto Show

2016 Audi A3 TDI Hatchback Joins Lineup

Fans convinced Audi to sell diesel Sportback.
Apr 16, 2014
2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2 0T
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Hyundai Sonata Debuts At New York Auto Show

Midsize sedan thoroughly modernized.
Apr 16, 2014
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Side View
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Volkswagen GTI Priced From $25,215

Performance package costs just $1495.
Apr 15, 2014
Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer
News & Rumors

Wolfgang Durheimer Named CEO Of Bentley, Bugatti

Replaces Wolfgang Schreiber.
Apr 15, 2014
Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept
2014 New York Auto Show

Land Rover Discovery Concept Debuts In New York

Looking at the future of the LR4.
Apr 14, 2014
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