Want to drag-race a snowmobile? Take today's featured Invention Award winner out for a spin.
Nobody would have expected the biggest innovation in modern snowmobiling to come from a self-taught engineer, a broken-down all-terrain vehicle, and a drag strip. No one except for those who know Shawn Watling. The 35-year-old Toronto millwright, who installs and services mammoth printing presses, is a former jock, a closet mathematician, an amateur chess champion, and a serial inventor with four patent-pending inventions to his name. He also has a lifelong addiction to snow and speed—he first rode on a snowmobile at nine months old and has been drag-racing snowmobiles and other vehicles for the past 15 years.