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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

2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4 4 Side Profile In Motion 02
Road Tests

2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4x4 Review

The full-size SUV keeps on keepin’ on.
| Jan 30, 2015
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2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed Lead
Road Tests

2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed: Around the Block

The best-dressed Olympian you’ve ever seen.
| Jan 27, 2015
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Toyota RND concept teaser
News & Rumors

Toyota Teases Mystery RND Concept

Said to preview a "fun-to-drive" production model.
| Jan 21, 2015
2015 Acura RDX
2015 Chicago Auto Show

Updated 2016 Acura RDX Coming to Chicago Auto Show

Styling and equipment improvements for luxury crossover.
| Jan 21, 2015
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2017 Jaguar F Pace Spied
News & Rumors

Jaguar F-Pace Crossover Spied

New model set to launch in 2016.
| Jan 16, 2015
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Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang
2015 Detroit Auto Show

6 Things We Learned About the Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang

It went to the Nürburgring, but Ford won't tell us the lap time.
| Jan 14, 2015
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Wolfgang Durheimer With Bentley Continental GT Close
2015 Detroit Auto Show

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer Talks Bentayga at Detroit

Denies plans for a second, smaller crossover.
| Jan 14, 2015
Ian Callum
2015 Detroit Auto Show

Design Director Ian Callum on the Jaguar F-PACE

Some hints about the brand's first-ever crossover.
| Jan 13, 2015
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Bentley Bentayga teaser image
2015 Detroit Auto Show

Bentley SUV Named Bentayga, Will Be Revealed Later in 2015

The new ultra-luxury SUV goes on sale in 2016.
| Jan 12, 2015
Jaguar F Pace
2015 Detroit Auto Show

Jaguar F-PACE is Brand's First Crossover

Production model inspired by C-X17 concept debuts in 2016.
| Jan 11, 2015
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Mini Cooper Clubman Spied California Rear Three Quarter
News & Rumors

Mini Cooper Clubman Spied Again in California

The six-door Mini returns.
| Jan 09, 2015
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