Spirit of Cemoto Trophy for Leven Valley

Trials Guru has donated a brand new, artisan made trophy for this year’s Leven Valley Two Day trial in September, promoted by Kinlochleven & District MCC.

Called ‘Spirit of Cemoto‘, the trophy will be presented to the rider giving the best performance in the event, riding a Bultaco motorcycle.

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The trophy was commissioned by Trials Guru’s John Moffat and made by artisan fabricator, Richi Foss of Inverness based Foss Fabrication and Welding.

It consists of a 1973 325cc Bultaco Sherpa T cylinder head, mounted on a besel made from Dochgarroch Oak, with the ‘spirit’ being a solid stainless steel ‘thumbs up’ in the style of the original Bultaco trade mark from 1958.

The front plate, also made in polished stainless steel, has subsequently been inscribed by Lancahire’s Peter Kenyon with the ‘Trials Guru‘ logo and the words: ‘Spirit of Cemoto – Best Bultaco Rider‘ on the face of the trophy which sits seventeen inches from base to thumb tip.


The trophy will be retained by the Kinlochleven & District Motor Cycle Club as an annual award for the Best Bultaco Rider.

Richi Foss said: “John Moffat appeared at my shop one afternoon and said, Richi can you make me a trophy from this. I said to him, surely someone might want that cylinder head for their bike! He left it with me for inspiration and within a week I had worked something out for him and began working on the ‘spirit’ taken from the original logo of Bultaco. It has over fifteen hours of my life invested in that trophy, I hope the winner appreciates it.”

John Moffat added: “There was only one man I could trust to be creative enough to make such a trophy and that is Richi Foss. He is an amazingly skillful chap with a welding torch and he made that ‘spirit’ from sections of stainless steel, fused together then ground and polished into the famous thumbs up symbol of Bultaco. It is unique, there is not another one like it in the world. The other interesting facet is that it uses a genuine Bultaco component, the cylinder head from an early model 325cc Sherpa, a model that then went through two years of continuous development to win the very first World Trials Championship for the brand. Trials Guru is proud to be associated with the Leven Valley Two Day Trials as one of their sponsors.”

Foss Fabrication and Welding are reknown for taking on unusual and out of the ordinary work at Unit 3 The Old Sawmill, Dochgarroch, IV3 8JG – 07761 286112

Richi Foss hard a work on one of his creations, a huge eagle for a council roads roundabout in Inverness

5 thoughts on “Spirit of Cemoto Trophy for Leven Valley”

  1. Get a head get a cylinder head super award. 19 72 it could have been mine.award winner On Bulto.Lochaber trial. Jock.

  2. Absolutely stunning and another work of genius by a gifted craftsman. I have a couple of Richis creations and I know how much time he puts into his work. Anyone would be over the moon for this as a trophy.

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