Tony Christian who was one of the Pioneering drivers of the Pro Street movement is being reported to have passed away on Thursday, June 9. He used to race with a nitrous-fed ’57 Chevy and raced with fellow driver, Pat Musi in the NMCA Pro Street.
Tony Christian Drag Racer
Christian was known for his infamous battles with fellow drag race drivers like Pat Musi in the NMCA Pro Street heyday. He used to ride in his nitrous-fed ’57 Chevy.
In the 90s, The Pro Street movement was muffled in all steel and street-legal. It was defined by Pat Musi, and Tony Christian and the longstanding rivalry these two wildly outspoken and intense drag racers maintained. The two elevated Pro Street racing to new levels of competitiveness and did it with style (greatly depending on the definition used).
They poured fuel on the fire of so-called “street legal” drag racing and kept it burning not only with a slick green ’69 Camaro and righteous red ’57 Chevy but with trash talking and bravado that has hardly been seen since.
Tony Christian Death & Cause
Tony Christian is reported to have passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2022. His cause of death has not been released as of yet. He had been living in Bradenton in Florida.
Kat Moller, one of the drivers of the Larsen Motorsports powered jet dragsters wrote in a statement, “We would like to give our condolences to the Christian family friends and fans from Corvettes West and KAT Moller Racing as Tony gave KAT a few pointers in her career and actually signed off on her license, I’m sure KAT will give Tony a few pointers about heaven.”
Dart Machinery, one of the finest in high-performance cylinder heads, engine blocks and manifolds for the strip and street also confirmed his death writing in a statement, “Today we learned the heartbreaking news of the passing of another legend of drag racing.”
In the statement, Christian is described as a fierce competitor and has certainly left a lasting mark on our sport. He was a character and had a personality that was impossible to ignore.
Christian and Dart founder Richard Maskin were close friends for decades and he was a valued Dart customer.
Tony Christian Wife & Children