Just tossing out some ideas here.
- Pine Head
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Apple used to offer QuickTime VR, which let you integrate multiple images into a navigable 3D view. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QuickTime_VR#Objects. I understand HTML5 and CSS3 have some 3D/VR-oriented features, but I don't know any particulars.
http://www.ajax-zoom.com/examples/example15.php gives an idea of what might be possible with just discrete photos. All you'd really need is a turntable and a camera support. The biggest challenge would be managing/organizing the multiple images of each car.
Less ambitiously, we currently capture a single view of each car as it's checked in, using a tabletop "studio" (http://www.merax.com/products/photo/PhotoStudio.html in our case, but there appear to be lots of options in this space.) I built a simple jig to hold each car in the same place, with a place to receive a car-number label to ease identification.
Here's the jig itself:
and here it is in use: .
As the photos are taken at check-in, an Eye-Fi card (http://eye.fi) transmits them wirelessly to a laptop running a live slideshow by the track. Seems to be a real crowd-pleaser!