Michael Kraabel
Founder, Bishop+Rook

Passionate about film, photography, travel, adventures, and vintage cars. I finally found a way to combine my life’s passion into helping others find their dream car.

Following Passions

I’ve worked in advertising as a creative director, director, photographer, and writer for most of my professional life. Over the past few years I had been searching for a way to focus the hobbies and interests I had outside the office. Bishop+Rook was created as an outlet to develop the projects, ideas, and products related to my passion for travel, film, and automobiles.

Having purchased my first Land Rover Defender 90 in the spring of 2014, I fell in love with the way she drove and the conversations I had at car shows, gas stations, parking lots, and anywhere I drove her.

People have unique reaction when they see a vintage Land Rover.  It inspires a sense of adventure and a wanderlust not found with any other vehicle. Wanting to capture this feeling on film, I started doing research on the sub-culture of Defender owners around the world — specifically the greenlaning culture in England.

My ultimate goal was to film a documentary series about the Defender culture and the last “Go Anywhere” vehicle on the planet. This series, called “Adventure Tested,” would not only dig deep into the UK Land Rover culture, but also follow a series of Americans as they hunt the English countryside for their perfect Land Rover Defender.

Sharing Our Passion

What you will find on this site is information related to the project, and a variety of vehicles we find along the way. We do a light restoration and offer them up for adoption for those in the midwest to enjoy at home. We restore the vehicles to an adventure-tested stage — not over-restored and not over-priced. We simply want to share our love an passion for these amazing vehicles with like-minded people.

We price our vehicles fairly. Any profit we make is turned back into our creative project. Any work we do is to ensure people can enjoy them right away — we make sure they are adventure ready on day one.

While we do have vehicles in stock, we also offer a service to find and import cars with specific requirements.  Drop us a note and let us know what you would like.

The Story Continues

What started as a passion project, focused on the love of adventure travel and the pursuit of a perfect overland vehicle has turned into a life-changing journey for me. By starting Bishop+Rook I have been exposed to so many great people and have made friends around the world who share a love for the Defender lifestyle. We are all part of a unique and growing community of like-minded folks who enjoy a simpler form life – including boxy, but rugged, vehicles.

While Bishop+Rook was originally created as an outlet to document the Land Rover Defender culture on film, it soon morphed into a way to help others scour the globe in search of unique projects to become their dream vehicle.

We are a small, but dedicated team of Land Rover enthusiasts with a passion for finding, importing, and restoring these iconic British Defenders to the United States. We hand select only the best Defenders to match the requirements of our clients. We take the stress and risk out of the import process – allowing our clients to focus on the adventures ahead instead of the pitfalls and potential unforeseen expenses if things should go wrong.

We offer a variety of options for people looking to become a caretaker of a vintage Land Rover Defender. From fresh from the British countryside working trucks to bespoke restorations and builds. Every Defender we place up for adoption is ready for adventure on the first day, with a life of every day exploring in mind.

I am fortunate to have been able to follow my passion – helping guide people through the process -helping people welcome the perfect Defender into their family. We welcome you to the beginning of a great adventure.

Mike
Founder, Bishop+Rook

Questions?

We’re sure you have many questions. We try our best to answer anything and everything that comes our way, even if you decide not to do business with us.  We simply love these vehicles.