Jake Holmes

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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 Q7
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Audi Q7 Coming to Detroit Auto Show

Smaller, lighter crossover promises big efficiency gains.
| Dec 12, 2014
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Shelby GT Mustang Spy Photos
News & Rumors

Shelby GT Mustang Spied Near Palm Springs

Performance car caught during photo shoot.
| Dec 11, 2014
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2016 Toyota Tacoma
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Toyota Tacoma Teased, Coming to Detroit

New pickup will take on Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon.
| Dec 10, 2014
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BMW Norbert Reithofer Headshot
News & Rumors

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer Stepping Down in May 2015

Will be replaced by Harald Krueger.
| Dec 09, 2014
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition
News & Rumors

White Is Still the World's Most Popular Car Color in 2014

White, black, silver, gray take top spots in PPG survey.
| Dec 08, 2014
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Ferrari Sergio Production Model
News & Rumors

First of Six Ferrari Sergio Supercars Delivered

Limited-run car based on 458 Speciale A.
| Dec 05, 2014
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Lincoln MKX And Revel Audio 4
News & Rumors

Next-Gen Lincoln MKX to Offer Revel Audio System

Automaker partners with Revel for next 10 years.
| Dec 04, 2014
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Ferrari FXX K
News & Rumors

Ferrari FXX K Debuts in Abu Dhabi with 1035 HP

The track-only version of the LaFerrari.
| Dec 03, 2014
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GM Ignition Assembly Recall Chevrolet Cobalt Installation 3
News & Rumors

NHTSA: One Million GM Ignition Switch Cars Still Need Repairs

About 60 percent of recalled cars fixed so far.
| Dec 02, 2014
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