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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 Swedish Champion
1966, 1967, 1969, 1970 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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Norrtelje Tidning
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0700

Med sina sex SM-guld jagar han också Ove Fundin (nio guld) och Tony Rickardsson (åtta guld) i maratontabellen. – Jag vill ju alltid vinna mer och klart att man vill knappa in på den duon. Och det finns ju inget bättre tillfälle att ta mitt sjunde än i ...
 
Norwich Evening News
Wed, 09 May 2012 06:35:25 -0700

His name was Ove Fundin – one of the best speedway riders the world has ever seen and a man who regards the Fine City as his second home. Ove, now in his 70s, is a hero in Norwich where he was made a Freeman a few years ago, but he belongs to ...

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 ...

SkySports

SkySports
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:37:30 -0700

The Swedes last lifted the Ove Fundin Trophy at Poole in 2004 and Denmark and Poland have dominated the competition ever since. Jonsson said: “We did the best we could. I knew we were up against some really good riders, but we kept our cool and took ...

Speedcafe

Speedcafe
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:26:15 -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, 19 Jun 2015 04:15:00 -0700

The pair were agonisingly close to helping defend Denmark's title until the former was excluded in the final heat to allow Sweden to wrestle the Ove Fundin Trophy out of their grasp. Lakeside, led by World Cup winner Andreas Jonsson, are without a ...

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, ...

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:03:45 -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 ...
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