Sunday 18 May saw Project Merlot at the MX-5 Owners Club Spring Rally at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset. Hyanes best kept secret is the sprint track and this was made available to the Owners Club for the day. The Merlot was to be seen throughout the day on the track making it a most memorable rally for two more Club members who had their first drive in the car. New boys James Huggins and Ady Neill took to the wheel along with the regular Merlot crew of Martin, Robbie and Jon.
It was panic stations however with minutes to go before the first session as a helpful soul in the crowd spotted that a couple of the Merlot's tyres were on the wrong way around. In an effort worthy of the best F1 pit crew the wheels were soon swapped and the car took to the track with moments to spare.