For a second year the rally ran without significant sponsorship under the title of the Midland Rally. The three rallies in one format was used again; this time it produced a total of only 78 entries. With Harlech and District Car Club still supporting the Meirion Rally as the clubmans part of the package the clubs were determined to make the event a success despite the tight budget.
The Welshpool leisure centre was the rally base although the start was from Powys Castle and the finish was in the town centre car park, to try and raise the profile of the event in locally. The stages were restricted to only two forests Dyfnant and Dyfi with all servicing taking place at the Farmers Mart in Dollgellau.
The international category saw Malcolm Wilson return to the event for a pre RAC shakedown. Another Ford works car ran at number 1 for Francois Delecour, that year's Monte Carlo Rally winner, which headed the five car entry. Malcolm won for the second year but it was Paul Dyas who emerged in second place, having beaten Delecour. Only one car retired; that of Brian Lyall, for the second year running.
The national entries were down by two to a meager forty one but amongst them were most of the best crews competing in Wales. After a close battle over the six stages it was Iwan Roberts and co-driver Dylan Jones who took the top spot in their Sierra. For the second year in a row 'mad' Mick Jones was pushed into second spot by only two seconds.
The entry for the Meirion Rally fell by a third over the previous year. Twenty two of the thirty two entries were in Ford Escorts, a higher percentage than for events in the car's heyday. It was Shaun Gardener and Paul Morris who were the fastest over the four stages, in an Escort, and they took the trophy when the rally returned to Welshpool.
Despite the star names being attracted to practice over the 'real' stages of Mid-Wales their numbers did not ensure the financial viability of the event. The time had come once again for the Wolverhampton Club had some serious thinking to do about the future of the event. A lot had changed since the glory days of the 'Audi Sport'. If the rally was to survive and regain its pre-eminent status in Wales major changes would be needed. An incentive to attract more entries and a strong title sponsor where seen as the top two requirements to start this resurgence.