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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

2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback Front Side View Parked
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 Front Side View
2014 New York Auto Show

Land Rover Discovery Concept Debuts In New York

Looking at the future of the LR4.
Apr 14, 2014
2014 Dodge Charger RT
News & Rumors

Dodge Launches One-Year Lease For Challenger, Charger

Keep the 2014 for a year, then upgrade to a 2015.
Apr 14, 2014
2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ In Motion
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Facelifted At New York Show

Chevrolet's compact gets a new nose.
Apr 12, 2014
Ford Transit Skyliner Concept Front Side View
2014 New York Auto Show

Ford Debuts Transit Skyliner Concept In New York

Imagining a private jet on wheels.
Apr 11, 2014
2014 Mazda 3 Front Three Quarter 2 Four Seasons March
Long-Term Tests

2014 Mazda 3 s Touring - Everyone Loves an Underdog

More people should give the 3 its due.
Apr 11, 2014
Bentley Hybrid Concept
News & Rumors

Bentley Shows Plug-In Hybrid Concept In Beijing

Concept previews plug-in SUV due in 2017.
Apr 09, 2014
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase Autobiography
Road Tests

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Long Wheelbase: Around The Block

The first Range Rover you don't want to drive.
Apr 08, 2014
2013 Ford Escape
News & Rumors

Ford Recalls Escape, Fusion, C-MAX, Lincoln MKZ

Recalls concern rust, seat strength issues.
Apr 08, 2014
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
News & Rumors

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Adds Eight-Speed Automatic

Transmission improves fuel efficiency, performance.
Apr 07, 2014
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