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

2016 Toyota Mirai Side View
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Toyota Reveals Mirai Fuel Cell Car

Toyota will build filling stations in northeast.
| Nov 17, 2014
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2016 Cadillac ATS V Racecar
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Cadillac Reveals 2016 ATS-V.R Racing Car

Headed to FIA GT3 racing with almost 600 hp.
| Nov 14, 2014
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Scion iM Concept
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Scion iM Concept Revealed Ahead of L.A. Debut

European-market Auris comes to the Scion brand.
| Nov 12, 2014
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Mercedes Benz 2015 Model Name Chart
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz Confirms New Naming Scheme

Also announces Mercedes-Maybach S600 for L.A.
| Nov 11, 2014
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2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Front Three Quarter View 1
Road Tests

2015 Aston Martin Vanquish: Around the Block

Two more gears make Bond's car even better.
| Nov 11, 2014
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2014 Nissan Rogue IIHS Driver And Airbags
News & Rumors

Senators Ask Justice Department to Investigate Takata Over Airbag Flaw

Engineers may have destroyed evidence of problems.
| Nov 10, 2014
Ford Executive Jim Farley With Go Further Banner
News & Rumors

Ford Marketing Vice President Jim Farley Heads to Europe

Farley to head Ford Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
| Nov 07, 2014
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