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Ove Fundin
Personal information
Nationality  Sweden
Date of birth (1933-05-23) 23 May 1933 (age 81)
Place of birth    Tranås, Sweden
Nickname The Fox or The Flying Fox
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Filbyterna (SWE)
Norwich Stars
Kaparna (SWE)
Long Eaton Archers
Belle Vue Aces
Wembley Lions
Individual honours
World Champion
Swedish Champion
SA State Champion (Aust)
WA State Champion (Aust)
Golden Helmet of Pardubice (CZE)
1956, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967
1956, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1964,
1966, 1967, 1969, 1970
Team honours
World Team Cup
World Pairs Champion
1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1970

Ove Fundin (born 23 May 1933 in Tranås, Sweden) is a former speedway rider who won the Speedway World Championship Final five times (1956, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967).Only bettered by Ivan Mauger with six World Finals. He finished runner-up in the championship 3 times (1957–59) and was third in 1962, 1964 and 1965 meaning that from his first win in 1956 until his last in 1967, Ove Fundin did not finish lower than a podium place in a record eleven World Finals.[1] He was known by the nickname of the "Flying Fox" or just "the Fox" because of his red hair.


It was suggested to him by Australian champion Aub Lawson that he ride in Britain and he joined the Norwich Stars, riding for them from 1955 until 1964 when the Firs stadium closed. Then he rode for Long Eaton 1966, Belle Vue 1967, Wembley 1970 but will always be remembered for the glory days at Norwich Stars where he was worshiped by the home fans.

He made a total of 15 World Final appearances coming runner-up three times and third three times as well as his five wins. He also helped Sweden win the World Team Cup in 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967 and 1970 as well as the Speedway World Pairs Championship in 1968. He is considered by many to be the greatest rider of all time and this is reflected by the Speedway World Cup being named after him. Fundin went through the World Team Cup (including qualifying rounds and the Final in Göteborg) undefeated in 1960, a feat not matched until Australia's Jason Crump went through the 2001 Speedway World Cup undefeated.

Fundin also made several visits to Australia during his career with considerable success. Along with representing Sweden and various "Rest of the World" teams in Test Matches against the Australians, he won the South Australian Championship four times (1966, 1967, 1969, 1970) at the Rowley Park Speedway in Adelaide, and the Western Australian Championship at the Claremont Speedway in Perth in 1969.

Fundin received the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1961 (shared with Sten Lundin).

After retirement[edit]

Fundin was honoured as a Freeman of the City of Norwich in 2006, only the second non-English person to be awarded this honour. The ceremony was completed at Norwich City Hall Council chamber by the Lord Mayor of Norwich on October 30, 2006.

He currently lives on the French Riviera.

World Final appearances[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

World Pairs Championship[edit]

* Unofficial World Championships.

World Team Cup[edit]


  1. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
Preceded by
Jane Cederqvist
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal . (with Sten Lundin)
Succeeded by
Assar Rönnlund

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Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:17:26 -0700

The 1964 Norwich team, from left, Billy Bales, Olle Nygren, Sandor Levai, Ove Fundin, Reg Trott (on bike), John Debbage, Trevor Hedge and Tich Read. Where on earth had he come to? A strange place in strange country. One he would fall in love with.
Norwich Evening News
Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:10:41 -0700

help us keep our site free. The Swedish honour speedway star Ove Fundin. A large crowd gathered in Tranas as a cavalcade of motorcyles heralded the arrival at the ceremony of the one and only Ove Fundin who still regards Norwich as his second home.

Przegląd Sportowy

Przegląd Sportowy
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:16:15 -0700

Z tego co pamiętam zaproszeni do wzięcia udziału w zabawie byli: Włodzimierz Szwendrowski, Andrzej Wyglenda, Marek Kępa, Krzysztof Nurzyński oraz Ove Fundin. Stawkę 4 osobowych biegów uzupełnili redaktorzy Włodzimierz Zientarski i Jerzy ...

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:23:36 -0800

“Aub Lawson, Billy Bales, Phil Clarke were the stars, then along came Ove Fundin. How we loved his style of riding, always on the white line, edging his way through to the front. We also loved the Golden Helmet races with Barry Briggs, Ronnie Moore ...

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 07:28:24 -0800

Speedway rider Trevor Hedge with 'awesome' fellow Norwich Stars favourite Ove Fundin. Thousands of fans cheered on the man dubbed Hedgey or the Hedge-Hopper, the reluctant hero, who said: “I didn't feel that I had any right to be there. I felt out of ...

Norwich Evening News

Norwich Evening News
Wed, 07 May 2014 07:03:45 -0700

... city and now a new double-disc DVD from Retro Speedway, Memories of Norwich Speedway, tells the story of the Firs along with a special interview with the best rider in the world, the legendary Ove Fundin – a man with Norwich stamped across his heart.

Derby Telegraph

Derby Telegraph
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:58:43 -0700

The book has forewords by five times world champion Ove Fundin and the late John Berry, one of speedway's most successful and also most controversial promoters and administrators. Speedway historian John Chaplin says: "Reg Fearman has taken a ...

Scunthorpe Telegraph

Scunthorpe Telegraph
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:51:15 -0700

It was the first time the Poles had suffered defeat on home soil since Australia triumphed at Wroclaw in 2001 with Iversen obviously delighted to lift the Ove Fundin trophy which he helped win in such dramatic circumstances. The Poles had threatened to ...

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