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 Hyundai Genesis Coupe SEMA Blood Type Racing
News & Rumors

Tuned 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Comes to SEMA with 800 HP

Larger turbocharged, nitrous kit boost 2.0-liter engine's output.
| Oct 08, 2014
2015 Honda CR Z
News & Rumors

2015 Honda CR-Z Price Rises To $20,935

Base price up $150 for new model year.
| Oct 08, 2014
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BMW M6 GT3 Racing Car
News & Rumors

BMW Previews M6 GT3 Racing Car

Replaces Z4 GT3 for the 2016 season.
| Oct 07, 2014
Report: Plans For Porsche 718 Canceled
News & Rumors

Report: Plans For Porsche 718 Canceled

Executive says sub-Boxster off the table.
| Oct 06, 2014
Tesla D Teaser
News & Rumors

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Teases "D"

New product to be revealed October 9.
| Oct 02, 2014
Audi TT Sportback Concept Front Three Quarter View 3
2014 Paris Motor Show

Audi TT Sportback Concept Bows in Paris

Four-door concept appears alongside production TT roadster.
| Oct 01, 2014
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Aston Martin Lagonda
News & Rumors

Aston Martin Lagonda Production Model Shown

Best look yet at the ultra-exclusive sedan.
| Sep 30, 2014
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2015 Hyundai Genesis by ARK Performance
News & Rumors

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Tuned to 550 HP for SEMA

ARK Performance amps up the 5.0-liter V-8.
| Sep 30, 2014
Kia Optima T Hybrid Concept Front Three Quarter
2014 Paris Motor Show

Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept Debuts in Paris

Car previews diesel mild-hybrid powertrain.
| Sep 29, 2014
2015 Volvo V60 T5 Highway MPG
Long-Term Tests

2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Highway MPG

Measuring the new Drive-E engine's efficiency on long trips.
| Sep 25, 2014
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
News & Rumors

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Crowned Motor Trend 2014 Best Driver's Car

"How hard you smile is directly correlated to how hard you're driving."
| Sep 25, 2014
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