I found that if you apply some fog it softens the effect and makes it much easier on the eyes.
Just paste this into your brands67 track ini (back up your old one first of course).
[ fog ]
type = 1
density = 5.00
fog_r = 198
fog_g = 202
fog_b = 214
If you want to turn it off (you masochist) replace the type 1 with a zero.
I can assure you that living only 8 miles or so up the road from Brands the fog looks very authentic.