The Red Bulletin: Speed Sisters
by Ruth Morgan
The quiet of a Saturday night in Bethlehem is broken at ten to midnight by the screech of wheels on asphalt. Betty Saadeh is speeding past the ancient Church of the Nativity in her red Golf GTI, perfectly manicured nails tipped with silver glitter gripping the wheel, a pair of six-inch heels at the pedals.
She’s wearing a figure-hugging black dress and has spent the afternoon in the salon having extensions added to her blonde hair: tonight she’s celebrating. The 32-year-old mother of two became — officially — the fastest woman on the West Bank yesterday when she won the women’s championship in Palestine’s speed test series, driving the same Golf she’s now parking up in the city center.
It, too, has undergone a transformation. This morning it was still a shell, metal innards exposed as the interior was stripped of all but her bucket racing seat. But her mechanic, Maher, restored it to normality this afternoon and now the only signs of yesterday’s action are the remains of the racing stickers that covered the exterior. One on the passenger door displays in large red letters the name of Palestine’s first and only female race team: the Speed Sisters.
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