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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

2014 Acura MDX June Update
Long-Term Tests

2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD - Mixed Feelings and Service

Our feelings remain mixed on the Acura MDX.
| Jul 11, 2014
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2015 BMW M3
News & Rumors

2015 BMW M3 Makes 379 HP At Rear Wheels On Dyno

Much fatter torque curve than outgoing M3's V-8.
| Jul 11, 2014
elon-musk-tesla-ceo
News & Rumors

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Donates $1 Million to Science Museum

Also gives Supercharger to Shoreham, New York center.
| Jul 11, 2014
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat At Dragstrip
News & Rumors

2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Runs 11.2-Second Quarter-Mile

707-hp beast clocks 10.8 seconds on drag radials.
| Jul 11, 2014
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Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen
News & Rumors

Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen Resigns, Goes to Cadillac

Luxury marque boss headed to Cadillac.
| Jul 11, 2014
volkswagen-chattanooga-plant-front
News & Rumors

UAW Establishes Union At Volkswagen Plant

Chattanooga, TN, plant to be represented by Local 42.
| Jul 11, 2014
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SCCA Starting Line Driving School
News & Rumors

A Day at the SCCA Starting Line Driving School

How to drive around orange cones quickly.
| Jul 11, 2014
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2014 Bentley Mulsanne 95
News & Rumors

Report: Bentley Could Restart Coachbuilding Operations

Company could put custom bodies atop regular chassis.
| Jul 10, 2014
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Porsche Boxster Refresh Spied
News & Rumors

Refreshed Porsche Boxster Spied

New bumper and lights for roadster.
| Jul 09, 2014
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BMW Conductive Charging
News & Rumors

BMW Developing Wireless Electric Car Charging

Latest automaker to experiment with inductive charging system.
| Jul 09, 2014
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2014 Callaway Chevrolet Corvette
News & Rumors

Callaway Chevrolet Corvette SC627 Makes 627 HP

Supercharged car adds 167 hp to Stingray's engine.
| Jul 09, 2014
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2015 Subaru BRZ Series Blue Rear Side View
News & Rumors

Report: Second-Generation Subaru BRZ Planned

Quashing rumors the car would soon be discontinued.
| Jul 08, 2014
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2003 Subaru Outback European Spec Front Side View
News & Rumors

Subaru Recalls 2003-2004 Outback, Legacy, Impreza Over Takata Airbags

Ford also recalls 85,295 vehicles for various problems.
| Jul 08, 2014
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The Bug Movie Poster
News & Rumors

Help Fund A Volkswagen Beetle Documentary

"The Bug Movie" is on Kickstarter.
| Jul 07, 2014
1968 1972 buick gran sport
News & Rumors

Hagerty Offers Cheap Gas To Classic Car Owners

Event celebrates National Collector Car Appreciation Day.
| Jul 07, 2014
2013 Subaru Forester
News & Rumors

Subaru Recalls 660,000 Cars For Rusting Brake Lines

Jaguar, Lotus, Mitsubishi also issue recalls.
| Jul 07, 2014
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