The annual Rusty Iron Rally takes place over the Father's Day weekend

"Welcome to my shed," Connor Grace says with pride as he pushes up the third and final roller door to reveal an impressive array of motors, spare parts, tools and other delights .

"Every bay and everything in it including the two tractors and the buggy are what I have collected."

Connor is 14-years-old and by far the youngest member of the Mid North Coast Machinery Restoration Club, hosts of that beloved annual event, the Rusty Iron Rally.

And with that big weekend at the end of this month, he is getting his engines ready to rev and roll, especially his vintage stationary engines ...

He and his grandfather Michael Morgan have entered 21 into the rally's Australian record attempt for the most vintage engines running simultaneously, which takes place on September 1.

"Grandad and I are the biggest single entry so far ... I reckon we stand a good chance of breaking the record, and if not, we'll go close."

Since the age of eight Connor has been at Grandad Morgan's knee, helping to pull apart and reassemble pieces of machinery.

"I really enjoy taking things apart and finding the problem, then putting them back together and having that happy feeling of having fixed something."

It's a skill the Macksville High student appreciates is ever rarer among kids his age.

"I don't have a lot of mates who share this with me but they keep their eyes open for things I might like to collect.

"It's just me and old blokes in the club - we talk engines and swap things."

Connor's eye for collectibles is well, eye-popping - he has spanners, he has tins, he has matches plus he has the most incredible bottle collection, now 1000 strong (and housed in a separate space).

"From day dot Connor was attracted to glass - he used to have his pockets full of broken pieces and he never cut himself," his mother Fiona said.

Of course finding them is part of the fun with Connor scouring creeks and old farms - "You start to know where to look after a while, there are a lot in the Nambucca River, it's a good place to search."

Among his collection are 53 bottles he brought back from USA, where he went with his father Phil last year, for his 13th birthday.

It was the only Rusty Iron Rally he has missed in his entire life, including in utero, and he's certainly looking forward to this one in three weeks time.

Make sure you get along on the Father's Day weekend - Connor will be there with his 1955 Massey Ferguson and his 1967 International, which he is always happy to kick over to share the pleasure of purring engines.

For more information about the Rally phone John on 6569 3190 or Robert on 6569 9195.

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