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Ove Fundin
Personal information
Nationality  Sweden
Date of birth (1933-05-23) 23 May 1933 (age 80)
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)
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 five times (1956, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967). 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 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 Australia, 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]

Speedway World Pairs Championship[edit]

* Unofficial World Championships.

Speedway 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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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:11:15 -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 ...
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:01:46 -0700

W panteonie żużlowych gwiazd ma swoje miejsce szczególne. Trudno jednak, aby było inaczej, skoro jako pierwszy zawodnik w dziejach potrafił zdobyć aż pięć tytułów indywidualnego mistrza świata.
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:52:30 -0700

Historyczny finał Indywidualnych Mistrzostw Świata. Historyczny, bo pierwszy poza legendarnym londyńskim Wembley. Po zawodach, ku radości miejscowych kibiców, na podium stają sami reprezentanci Szwecji. Ove Fundin, Bjoern Knutsson i Goete Nordin.

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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:07:30 -0700

He was second in 1955 to England's Peter Craven [with Barry Briggs third] and runner-up again in 1956 when Sweden's Flying Fox Ove Fundin won the first of five world titles. But, at the peak of his powers, Moore found a new motor sport passion – racing ...

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