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

Ken Block Hoonigan Racing Tour Video
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Tour the Hoonigan Racing Headquarters With Ken Block

Internet video star lets us visit his garage.
| Jun 24, 2014
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Next Gen Chevrolet Cruze Chinese Spec
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Chinese-Market Chevrolet Cruze Interior Revealed

Car may give mild clues about design of next U.S. Cruze.
| Jun 24, 2014
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2015 Ford Focus ST Video Teaser
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2015 Ford Focus ST Refresh Teased

Hot hatch due for upgrades at Goodwood.
| Jun 23, 2014
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Volkswagen Beetle GRC Racecar Front View
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Volkswagen Beetle GRC Rallycross Car Detailed

544-hp Bug hits 60 mph in 2.1 seconds.
| Jun 20, 2014
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2015 Ford Mustang Active Glove Box Airbag Video Screenshot
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2015 Ford Mustang Has Knee Airbag in the Glove Box

New design is smaller, lighter, safer.
| Jun 19, 2014
2014 Chevrolet Volt
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Chevrolet Volt Owners Hit 500 Million Electric Miles

Drivers use all-electric mode 63 percent of the time.
| Jun 19, 2014
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2016 Ford Focus RS Spied
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2016 Ford Focus RS Spied

Dearborn's faster hatch could have 2.3-liter EcoBoost.
| Jun 17, 2014
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2013-ford-escape-right-side-4
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2011-2013 Ford Escape Most Stolen Crossover

Ford Edge, Explorer in second and third place.
| Jun 16, 2014
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Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT
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Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT Revealed

Gran Turismo car could preview next GT-R.
| Jun 16, 2014
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