Arriving at the Holiday Inn was even more surreal. Almost every car present was a TT, and those that weren't were TT Roadsters. Owners were fraternizing in the lounge downstairs and out in the parking lot as well.
The next morning it was quite apparent that the event was well organized. Those who'd signed up for the main portion, to tour Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, were greeted by a smiling Peter Grabowski who'd provided name tags and detailed directions of the days drive on top of the already highly helpful TT Gathering website that had served as a reference for most.
As space was limited to tour the two houses, Bob Cenk, a world-class mountaineer and Audi TT owner from Pittsburgh, PA had planned an alternate event. Going the extra mile, Bob had custom printed event folders put together and was extremely generous in participation in the door prize giveaways through donations from his company - Mountain Dreams International, Inc.
Attendees for his event would spend the day hiking at Ohiopyle State Park following a united drive to Ohiopyle for all cars.
Following event check in, 70-plus Audi TTs lined up and hit the road. Traffic was stopped as the cars pulled out of the hotel and rolled through the center of town. Shopkeepers came outside their stores to watch the seemingly endless procession of TTs. Further out of town, farmers in their fields took a similar stop-and-stare stance as the 78-car group attempted a little spirited driving while chattering away on their radios.
Channel four was the chosen frequency, as in "four rings". In between standup routines by several owners, the radios came in quite handy alerting following cars of the potholes and police officers that nobody wanted to encounter.
As we neared Ohiopyle, the mountains became more evident and we began a trip down through a valley and in to town. A freight train lumbered along above us as our own TT-train made a more rapid pace into the small community.
Once at Ohiopyle, there was just enough time for a quick round of group photos before many of the owners had to get back on the road in order to keep on schedule for their arrival at Kentuck Knob.
Of particular interest as we entered Kentuck Knob was the car port that sat directly at the entrance of the house and looked perfectly sized for a TT. As it turned out, and yes we asked, the Hagans never owned an Audi, though our tour guide did seem to remember that Mrs. Hagan drove a Volkswagen (most probably a Karmann Ghia).
Also of particular interest was the fact that Frank Lloyd Wright chose to paint all of his cars a rust-orange color named Cherokee Red that was a repeated theme throughout many of his designs and was found on the signed keystone of the Kentuck Knob house. One couldn't help but visualize what a TT would look like painted in Cherokee Red.
Though not as famous as Fallingwater, most who attended actually preferred Kentuck Knob for its coziness and more home-like layout, while still maintaining the original designs and themes that Wright had bestowed upon it. Further, Kentuck Knob has not become as commercialized as Fallingwater, leaving the visitor feeling much more as a guest than a tourist.
As owners filtered out of Kentuck Knob, there was a quick jaunt down some twisty roads to the organized luncheon at the picturesque Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa within one of the resort's far-flung ski lodges.