Ove Fundin

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Ove Fundin
Born (1933-05-23) 23 May 1933 (age 86)
Tranås, Sweden
NicknameThe Fox or The Flying Fox
NationalityFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Current club information
Career statusRetired
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
1954Continental Champion
1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1965European Final winner
1955, 1961, 1963, 1967Nordic Champion
1957Pride of the East winner
1960 Southern Riders Champion
1963Pride of the Midlands winner
1960/61 SA State Champion (Aust)
1969 WA State Champion (Aust)
1967 Golden Helmet of Pardubice (CZE)
1961, 1962, 1963 FIM Internationale
1962The Laurels
Team honours
1960, 1962, 1963,
1964, 1967, 1970
World Team Cup
1968 World Pairs Champion
1968, 1970 Allsvenskan Champion
1955, 1963National Trophy

Ove Fundin (born 23 May 1933) is a Swedish former professional motorcycle speedway rider. He competed in the Speedway World Championships from 1951 to 1970. Fundin is notable for winning the Speedway World Championship Final five times (1956, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967), a record bettered only 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, 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. In 2013, Fundin was named an FIM Legend for his motorcycling achievements. [2]



Fundin was born in Tranås. 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 Gothenburg) 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

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. [3]

World Final appearances

Individual World Championship

World Pairs Championship

* Unofficial World Championships.

World Team Cup

World Longtrack Championship

Nordic Longtrack Champion

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  1. Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN   0-7524-2402-5
  2. "FIM Legends" (PDF). fim-live.com. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  3. Marsh, Lorna (July 21, 2006). "Speedway legend to get freedom of city". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved November 24, 2017. Speaking from his home in the French Riviera, Fundin, known around the world for his contribution to the sport in Norwich, said: "It is a great honour, really fantastic. I am deeply proud and very happy."
Preceded by
Jane Cederqvist
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal . (with Sten Lundin)
Succeeded by
Assar Rönnlund