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Ove Fundin
Born (1933-05-23) 23 May 1933 (age 82)
Tranås, Sweden
Nickname The Fox or The Flying Fox
Nationality  Sweden
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
1951-1957 Filbyterna (SWE)
1955-1964 Norwich Stars
1958-1971 Kaparna (SWE)
1966 Long Eaton Archers
1967 Belle Vue Aces
1970 Wembley Lions
Individual honours
1956, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967 World Champion
1956, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1964,
1966, 1967, 1969, 1970
Swedish Champion
1960/61 SA State Champion (Aust)
1969 WA State Champion (Aust)
1967 Golden Helmet of Pardubice (CZE)
Team honours
1960, 1962, 1963,
1964, 1967, 1970
World Team Cup
1968 World Pairs Champion

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 and fellow Swede Tony Rickardsson who each won six World Championships. 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.

Career[edit]

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]

References[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)
1961
Succeeded by
Assar Rönnlund

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152 news items

Norwich Evening News

Norwich Evening News
Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:33:45 -0700

Former world champion Ove Fundin donned a yellow and green hat and a Norwich Stars bib after he was invited to a ride a replica of the bike he rode at the Firs Stadium in Aylsham Road in the 1950s and 60s. Dozens of fans and villagers from Horham, near ...

Bournemouth Echo

Bournemouth Echo
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:15:00 -0800

NO ONE could be happier than Neil Middleditch that Great Britain are due to contest the Speedway World Cup final next summer. But the Poole Pirates team boss insists that the process that saw Team GB earn their place in the National Speedway Stadium ...

Przegląd Sportowy

Przegląd Sportowy
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:42:57 -0700

Szwedzki multimedalista Ove Fundin jest właśnie jedną z takich postaci. Śmiało można stwierdzić, że gdyby nie kariera zimnego Ove żużel nigdy nie wyszedłby poza Wyspy Brytyjskie. Staraniami Warszawskiego Towarzystwa Speedwaya książka autorstwa ...

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:35:21 -0700

Oh ''Steely Dan' you brought a tear to the eye with your mention of Ove Fundin. Nobody could 'lean' a bike like Ove at the Firs! David Freezer is always good value and in this article I particularly appreciated " in the era of social media footballers ...

Speedcafe

Speedcafe
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:00:24 -0700

Overall, just eight points split the four squads after a stunning meeting to decide the Ove Fundin Trophy winners for 2015. Australia was plagued with bad luck early in the event, with Jason Doyle having his front end taken out in his second ride while ...

Speedcafe

Speedcafe
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:35:30 -0700

Australian captain, Holder believes his team has what it takes to bring the Ove Fundin Trophy back Down Under. “We haven't won for a little while, so we are due one hopefully. If we go there and do something on Saturday, we'll be pretty happy,” said ...

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:15:08 -0700

The Stars' top gun will captain his country's four-man team as they look to defend the Ove Fundin Trophy on home shale in Vojens – the same track which staged Thursday's race-off. Iversen is already a three-time winner of the prestigious competition ...

Speedcafe

Speedcafe
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:57:06 -0700

The Polish team have staved off a spirited challenge from Great Britain to annex the final spot in the Monster Energy Speedway World Cup through the Race-Off at a sun-bathed Vojens in Denmark. The injury depleted Poland,who were without Captain, ...
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