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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

Mopar at 2014 SEMA show
News & Rumors

Dodge Reveals Challenger, Charger, Dart, Viper SEMA Concepts

Chrysler, Fiat, Jeep, Ram vehicles also modified.
| Oct 24, 2014
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2014 Mazda MX 5 Miata Grand Touring PRHT
Long-Term Tests

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Wrap-Up

So long, and thanks for all the fun.
| Oct 23, 2014
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Audi A4 Prototype Spied
News & Rumors

Next-Generation Audi A4 Spied

Will be lighter, offer plug-in hybrid model.
| Oct 22, 2014
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2015 Ford Mustang at 2014 SEMA show
News & Rumors

Tuned 2015 Ford Mustang Models Head to SEMA

Petty 's Garage, Galpin Auto Sports modify the GT.
| Oct 22, 2014
2014 Tesla Model S
News & Rumors

Daimler Sells 4 Percent Stake in Tesla

Michigan reaffirms ban on Tesla direct sales.
| Oct 22, 2014
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Cars On Highway
News & Rumors

Highway Guardrail Manufacturer Found Liable for Dangerous Redesign

Trinity Industries design changes made highway barriers more dangerous.
| Oct 21, 2014
Sylvania ZEVO LED Headlights
News & Rumors

Gear: Testing Sylvania's ZEVO LED Headlights

Installing 21th century lighting in a 20th century car.
| Oct 18, 2014
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Michael Millikin headshot
News & Rumors

GM General Counsel Michael Millikin Retiring

Questioned by Congress over ignition-switch debacle.
| Oct 17, 2014
Mercedes Benz Autonomous Car Concept Spy Photos
News & Rumors

Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Car Concept Spied

Self-driving vehicle to debut at CES show in January.
| Oct 17, 2014
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GM Ignition Assembly Recall Chevrolet Cobalt Installation 3
News & Rumors

GM Faces Two New Class Action Lawsuits Over Recalled Cars

Suits hope to recover as much as $10 billion.
| Oct 16, 2014
Lamborghini Urus Sneak Preview front three quarter
News & Rumors

Report: Lamborghini Urus SUV Put on Hold

Worries over Middle East turmoil could delay Urus.
| Oct 16, 2014
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2015 Nissan Armada Front Side View
News & Rumors

2015 Nissan Armada Base Price Rises Slightly to $39,055

New interior trim and wheels for full-size SUV.
| Oct 15, 2014
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Audi LA Auto Show Concept teaser
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Audi Teases L.A.-Bound Concept Car

Likely previews A9 flagship.
| Oct 15, 2014
2015 Lexus NX 300h
News & Rumors

Toyota Global Hybrid Sales Crest 7 Million Units

Milestone comes less than a year after six millionth hybrid sold.
| Oct 14, 2014
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